SINGAPORE: It is an pretty much 40-year answer – making use of coupons to pay for parking, claimed Key Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Working day Rally speech on Sunday night time (Aug twenty).
“We have ERP (Electronic Street Pricing) and cellular phones, nonetheless we are nonetheless tearing parking coupons,” Mr Lee claimed.
Although 70 for every cent of car or truck parks in Singapore have absent digital, more than one,000 car or truck parks nonetheless need motorists to use parking coupons, according to authorities right here.
With “dozens of other cities” making use of parking apps, Mr Lee questioned why Singapore did not have this kind of a platform.
“So I pushed HDB (Housing and Advancement Board) and the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) to go digital. I am happy that with GovTech’s support, we have now formulated an app for road parking. It is really referred to as parking.sg. Essentially they ought to contact it ‘Parking woman lai liao’ (parking woman is right here),” Mr Lee claimed to laughs from the audience.
The parking app will be introduced in Oct, Mr Lee claimed, adding that the app will need motorists to pay only for the length they have parked for.
“If you park for 18 minutes, you pay for 18 minutes,” he claimed.
“The app will alert you when your session is about to stop. If you want to park more time, you can extend your session remotely – no have to have to rush back again to your car or truck to increase coupons before the parking woman summons you.”
Even as the Govt will work on bigger Good Country-relevant tasks, it is also performing on smaller tasks like the parking app to resolve daily complications, Mr Lee claimed. These little tasks support Singaporeans understand and adapt to new technological know-how in their daily life, and get ready them to make even bigger changes which are necessary afterwards on, he claimed.
Giving more specifics on the app, the Good Country and Digital Govt Workplace (SNDGO) claimed motorists can use the app to pay for parking by keying in their vehicle quantity, deciding on the car or truck park and indicating their intended parking length.
The app instantly calculates parking expenses on a for every-minute foundation. A refund will be given if motorists pick to stop their parking session in advance of time.
The app went through its first round of screening between 2,300 public officers from Could to June at about 100 car or truck parks.
“Agencies have integrated opinions collected from the trial, and improved the app for improved consumer expertise, this kind of as adding a notification aspect that alerts the consumer before the parking session expires,” SNDGO claimed.
The app is at the moment going through a 2nd period of trial, and will be readily available for car or truck drivers to obtain on the Apple Application Retailer and Google Engage in Retailer in Oct. Authorities claimed they are performing to consist of motorcycles and large automobiles at a afterwards stage.