Brakes on Auckland Transport parking app amid delays
An app designed to replace pay-and-display parking machines in Auckland is facing delays of several months.
Auckland Transport's $300,000 AT Park app was initially set to launch in September 2016 but was put off until early this year and now postponed again until late February or March.
The app, which will let people pay via credit card for on-street parking, would eventually phase out parking meters in the city.
Users would be able to log their location and car registration and then tag on and off.
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Once the app was released AT would "thin out" the number of pay-and-display machines before scrapping them altogether over the coming years, AT's parking design manager Scott Ebbett said.
He said the app was designed for convenience and to help people avoid parking fines: "You don't have to guess how long you're going to be. When you get back to the car, stop your session and you're done."
However the roll-out of the app has been hit by delays.
An AT spokesman said it was "technically ready" for release but they were waiting to integrate it with the MyAT portal, where people can top up their HOP cards.
He said the app went through changes after its trial period, while technology for MyAT was also upgraded.
It had so far come in under the $300,000 budget, he said.
AT figures show there are 810 pay and display meters in the city, with the majority more than 10 years old.