Newcastle considers variable car parking pricing

Newcastle City Council is currently considering a
number of new on-street paid parking measures, including the possible
introduction of a flexible pricing strategy, similar to the SFPark system
currently being trialled in San Francisco.

The new parking strategy is being driven by increased
congestion in the city, and includes an extension of paid parking until 9pm, as
well as the introduction of more on-street paid parking zones throughout the central
business district.

The variable parking system is based on the
installation of in-ground sensors and a centralised electronic monitoring
system, adjusting the parking prices based on demand, with the aim of ensuring
the availability of at least one parking space on any given block – reducing
congestion and hopefully aiding customer turnover for city businesses.

This looks to be the first use of an electronic
monitoring system in Australia to be used to set the pricing based on demand
and supply. Previously, we have reported on the installation of sensors in Port Macquarie and Melbourne, however the aim of these is that they are used to
alert enforcement officers when cars overstay their limits; as opposed to setting
a variable pricing system with the objective of achieving a steady supply of
parking spaces.

Watch this space for more information on the Newcastle
flexible parking pricing roll out here.

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