Council to spend up to $300k upgrading parking meters

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PARKING meters with licence plate recognition technology are heading to West Leederville.

The Town of Cambridge will spend up to $300,000 replacing 29 parking ticket machines in the areas opposite West Leederville station and around Southport Street with meters that offer a pay by plate system.

A Town spokeswoman said the existing machines were “at the end of their economic life” and the move would create a “better parking experience”.

“The new meters will have pay by plate capabilities; this allows for improved services to be provided to the user of the on street parking bays,” she said.

“The newer pay by plate technology allows for the Town’s parking inspectors to check if users purchased a ticket but did not display it.

“It is envisaged that this will lead to better compliance and less infringements being issued.”

The Town is seeking tenders for the project and has made up to $300,000 available for the works.

It was part of a confidential council decision at the August meeting on a review of the free 30-minute parking initiative, which is not expected to change.

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