City of Melbourne to install new parking technology to catch drivers

Herald Sun reports that the City of Melbourne has given the go-ahead to controversial new parking technology that will boost the number of fines.
Motorists will be subject to high-tech measures, including in-ground sensors and number plate recognition systems, from July 1. This will cost $5.48 million and this will be spread over the next two financial years.

The new technology is expected to nab an extra 150 cars a day, or 53,000 a year and push Melbourne's annual revenue from parking fines to almost $50 million.

The scheme, voted on by councillors last night, also includes a pay-by-phone trial and the use of updated hand held devices that will inform parking officers of when a vehicle has overstayed time restrictions.

The in-ground sensors are designed to alert parking officers when a vehicle has exceeded its allocated parking time and a grace period, while licence plate recognition software will be used to identify a vehicle parking in residential areas.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle wants to install 4500 sensors across the CBD, Southbank and West Melbourne as part of the aggressive measures to increase revenues.
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