18:13 23 May 2017
Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Housing Board (HDB) are developing a mobile parking app together with the country’s Government Technology Agency to act as “a transition step and provide important learning points” before they move to the next-generation Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system.
The ERP system, which will be introduced in 2020, will help facilitate street-side parking charges. The new app will calculate how much motorists have to pay based on the car park selected on a per minute basis.
"The mobile app will provide more convenience for motorists as they need not return to their vehicles to add more coupons to extend their parking session," the three Government bodies involved in the project said in a joint reply.
The app will be trialed at 84 selected public car parks in the city in areas such as Fort Canning and Tanjong Pagar between May and June 2017.
A similar app called ParkMobile is currently being used in more than 200 cities in the United States.
In February, Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee said that parking coupons, which were first introduced in 1980, would be eventually phased out, noting that more than 70per cent public car parks now use the electronic parking system.
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