The city’s parking meters are becoming smarter

January 19, 2021 10:06
Photo: RTHK

About 50 new meters installed by the Transport Department will commence operation from Wednesday, allowing drivers to pay the parking fees with their mobile phones.

Drivers will have to install an app and use the phone to scan a QR code to link it with the meter for payment, according to RTHK reports.

Through the app, drivers can extend their parking session online, but only once.

Users will need to sign up with a phone number, and each number can only link up with one meter at a time.

The government plans to replace all 12,000 meters across the city by the first half of next year.

The new meters will support more payment options, such as credit cards and instant payment systems like Alipay and WeChat Pay, in addition to the Octopus card.

"With the new meters, we have additional functions to record the usage as well as the payment, whether it's paid or not,” said Assistant Transport Commissioner Patrick Wong .

The contractor will perform regular inspections, if there are irregularities in the usage, they would be reported to the enforcement agents for further actions, he added.

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