CREDIT card parking facilities will become more prevalent around the CBD with a move to increase the number of parking machines compatible with card payments.
Council introduced card machines last year to make parking in the CBD more convenient, and will upgrade a further 42 machines with the technology in coming months.
Council’s trial of the PayStay parking program will also continue.
PayStay allows users to pay for their parking online or via a smartphone app and is in use at the Market Street and Myers Street car parks.
The technology is in widespread use in Melbourne and could be further expanded in Bendigo at the end of the trial period.
Most streets will have at least one credit card-enabled machine and while they will allow people to tap or insert their card to pay, they will still accept coins to help clear out the glovebox, too.
Council’s safe and healthy environments manager Caroline Grylls said the organisation was responding to community demand for more flexible and convenient parking payment options.
“These days many people do not carry coins on them and paying for parking can be inconvenient,” Ms Grylls said.
“This new technology gives people more payment options and makes it easier for them to park when they are in and around the Bendigo CBD.”