FROM Dec 15 onwards, motorists can do away with their parking coupons and enjoy an easier way to pay for their street parking in Taiping through the Parkbox app.
This easy, alternative payment method will enable them to pay for their parking in areas managed by the Taiping Municipal Council using their smartphones.
The council is the first local authority in the country to embark on this cashless and paperless public parking payment system, provided by ParkBox Digital Sdn Bhd.
Currently, payment is made with parking coupons and machines.
Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohammed Ariff believed the app was the key to modernising council operations in the future.
“Motorists no longer need to prepare parking coupons every time they park as this app is at their fingertips.
“After registration, they will be prompted to provide their credit card or bank account information to settle their payments.
“The app also has a 10-minute notification system, which alerts the user before their parking time limit ends, so motorists can stop worrying that they could be fined for not paying on time,” he said in his speech before launching the Parkbox app at the municipal council building recently.
Abdul Rahim also said users can choose to extend their parking session wherever they are through the app without returning to their vehicle.
“There is an information sharing system among all app users too.
“Users can let others know about road closures, for instance, through the app,” he said.
For those who are not tech-savvy, Abdul Rahim said there was no need for them to worry as parking coupons would still be accepted after Dec 15.
ParkBox Digital chief executive officer Spert Ah said motorists need to register for the service first by downloading the app for free from the App store or the Google Play store.
“Local authorities who use this app will be able to enhance operations and increase their collection from street parking.
“With the use of smartphones, council officers can easily verify payments made by motorists. In addition, the app can provide data for the local authorities to manage the parking lots,” he said.
Ah also said the company is now introducing this innovative app to other local authorities and hopes to extend their product usage to the whole country.
The Taiping Municipal Council currently manages 4,500 parking bays.
Users who download this app before Jan 31 next year will enjoy a RM3 discount for their first month.
For more information about ParkBox, visit www.parkbox.my