SmartRider for parking

Commuters in Perth will be able to use their public transport cards to pay for parking

Commuters are being urged to register their details for SmartParker - Transperth’s new paid parking system - before the end of the financial year.

Paid parking on the Transperth network comes into effect on July 1 and the fee for bays has been set at $2 a day.

PTA spokesman David Hynes says Transperth will introduce a new cashless and ticketless system called SmartParker in time for the change.

"To access SmartParker, passengers will need to link their vehicle registration plate with their SmartRider card," he says.

 "This will mean that passengers can park their cars, motorbikes or scooters, swipe their cards on the machine and then head straight to the station without having to display a ticket on their dash.

"Note that you still have to tag on to the bus or train."

Hynes says SmartParker means no waiting for someone to search through their pockets for spare change and delay their fellow commuters.

"Parking attendants will then be able to use license plate recognition software to check if parking has been paid for."

At most stations passengers will still be able to purchase a ticket using cash but they will need to wait for a printed ticket and return to their car to display it.

People entitled to free travel, including seniors and carers will also need to pay for parking, though the free travel is not affected.

 "After using SmartParker, you must then tag on to a Transperth bus or train or you will not be able to swipe into SmartParker the next time you park," says Hynes.

"This is our way of ensuring that Transperth parking bays are kept available for Transperth passengers."

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