Balances from Old Parking Meter Cards to be Used in New Roadside Parking System
The city transportation commission stated that the remaining balances on old parking meters cards can be used in paying for roadside parking fees that will be implemented soon. The commission is now working alongside related government departments in activating an estimated 19 million yuan in unused payments that remained on user accounts when the parking meter services ended in 2007.
In 1997 the city started using parking meters through a company named Kaoshuta Parking Management CO. but encountered several problems such as substandard operations and the lack of enforcement. The new regulation will enable the commission to create an internal Shenzhen Transportation Affairs Administration Center that will employ more than 800 officers that will be assigned to manage this roadside parking system with traffic police.
The commission will be using a radio frequency bases identification technology in collecting the parking fees and will not be using parking meters. Previously a phone payment was used until a radio technology system passed its testing. The radio identification system uses a wireless non contact use of radio frequency fields in transferring data from IDs and to track tags that are attached to objects.
Drives can pay the parking fees using mobile phone apps or through the center’s website once they completed registration and pre payment. Drivers will be given five minutes of free parking before actual calculation starts, they will also be reminded ten minutes before parking times expires through text message.