If you drive, you likely know the feeling of having parked and then realizing you’re out of coupons. And when your coupon runs out and you’re still not done, you’ve probably debated between walking back to your car to tear a new coupon, or just take a chance and hope you don’t get caught.
Thanks to a new parking app that co-developed by HDB (Housing Development Board) and URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with the help of GovTech, those worries may soon go the way of the road tax paper disc.
The new Parking.sg app lets you key in your vehicle number after parking, select the car park, and choose an intended parking duration. The app will charge you on a per-minute basis, and you’ll get a refund if you end the session ahead of time.
Similarly, you’ll get an alert if your session is ending, and you can choose to extend your parking period. You need to enter a parking duration to prevent yourself from being overcharged if you forget to end the session and drive off. In that case, the charges will automatically stop once the duration ends. Currently Parking.sg accepts payment via Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards.
The Parking.sg app was announced last night by Prime Minister Lee at the National Day Rally. It’s already gone through its first round of testing and will be launched in October on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. However, if you sign up for the trial (cars only for now) and get selected, you’ll also be able to download and try out the app.
(Although it’s not called Parking.sg if you download the trial, but Streetsmart Driver. Perhaps Streetsmart Driver is just for the trial before the public release.)
While the government has been steadily installing electronic entry gantries at public car parks to reduce the use of parking coupons, there are still more than 1,000 car parks that require the paper coupons. And while you can install gantries at big car parks, you can’t do the same for the individual lots that line small streets. The new app should help free drivers from the hassle of parking coupons at those car parks.
Register for the trial at Parking.sg to try it for yourself.
Going to try out later this week. am in the iphone platform.
Car drivers can download and use the new parking mobile application to pay their car parking fees at all 1,100 public car parks requiring paper coupons from Sunday (Oct 1).
Motorists just have to key in their vehicle number, enter the car park code, indicate the duration of parking and pay via a credit or debit card. Fees are based on the length of time a car is parked on a per-minute basis.
The app will also notify users when their parking sessions expire, allow drivers to extend their parking sessions remotely, and to view their parking history.
The parking.sg app, first announced in May this year, is available for download from both the Apple App and Google Play stores, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing Development Board (HDB) and GovTech Singapore in a joint statement on Friday.
However, its use will be limited to car drivers for a start, though it will be extended to motorcycles and heavy vehicles by the end of the year.
The app can be used at all 1,100 public car parks requiring paper coupons, and the car park code can be found on the main signboard at the entrance of public car parks, including prominent locations along kerbside car parks.
Additional signage have also been installed by the URA and HDB to enhance the visibility of the car park code – a mandatory field in the app.
Motorists who wish to use their paper coupons may continue to do so, the agencies added.
Tested in two phases since May, with the most recent trials ending in September, more than 15,000 public sector officers and selected members of the public gave their feedback to create the final version of the app that will be released on Sunday.
The agencies said that enforcement checks will still be conducted, and remind motorists to activate the app when they park.
Our government had implemented a very useful application! Thanks for improving the quality of life in singapore!
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Motorcyclists and heavy vehicle drivers can use public parking payment app from Dec 20 http://str.sg/o4ab