Nov 06, 2013

    Parking coupons may become a thing of the past

    THERE are more carparks with electronic parking systems now, but roadside parking still requires the use of paper coupons to pay for parking fees.

    The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is looking into using electronic technology to replace parking coupons.

    This could save drivers the hassle of buying and tearing parking coupons, and reduce the manpower needed to look out for drivers who park illegally or exceed the time limit.

    URA has invited contractors to submit proposals to leverage existing intelligent transport systems, research roadside parking facilities and test electronic parking systems.

    The move could see the installation of devices - like an on-board unit - in vehicles to pay parking fees.

    An automated fee-collection system could also help URA better manage roadside parking and ease the lack of parking spaces.

    URA oversees the management of about 40,600 public parking spaces islandwide, of which about one third - or 17,000 - are roadside parking spots.

    There are 15 URA carparks using electronic parking systems, but such carparks require the installation of a gantry. So, the technology used in these carparks cannot be directly applied for roadside parking spots.

    The deadline for proposal submissions is Dec 2, and the winning contractor has to complete testing in nine months.

    The first stage of the project includes designing, developing and installing the system.

    The next stage involves testing the system and aiding the URA in operations, as well as analysing data.