UPDATE 3.38pm: THE city’s 42 newest credit card-enabled parking ticket machines are expected to be installed by the end of next week.
Bendigo safe and healthy environments manager Caroline Grylls said the roll-out started in the Bendigo CBD today.
She said the 21 existing credit card-enabled parking ticket machines were stationed in all-day carparks.
Ms Grylls said the city endeavored to have a credit card-enabled parking ticket machine for every street with paid parking in the Bendigo CBD.
“It’s something we’ve been looking forward to doing for the community,” she said.
She said the city would spend more than $100,000 on the parking ticket machines this financial year.
“It reflects a commitment to embrace new technology,” Ms Grylls said.
It will also continue to use the ‘PayStay’ parking payment system, for the time being.
Ms Grylls said the city was ‘very keen’ to continue to review the technology available and strategies for its use in Bendigo.
She said better signage around the CBD about where existing parking spaces are was another of the suggested improvements.
EARLIER: MOTORISTS who know the pain of trying to find coins for parking meters in the Bendigo CBD, rejoice.
The City of Greater Bendigo has announced it will install a further 42 credit card-enabled parking ticket machines, with at least one credit-card enabled machine to be installed on most streets.
Though the machines will still accept coins, motorists will have the option of tapping or inserting a credit card.
City of Greater Bendigo safe and healthy environments manager Caroline Grylls said the organisation was responding to community demand for more flexible and convenient parking payment options.
"These days many people do not carry coins on them and paying for parking can be inconvenient," Ms Grylls said.
"This new technology gives people more payment options and makes it easier for them to park when they are in and around the Bendigo CBD."
A trial of the ‘PayStay’ parking payment system is also ongoing at the city’s Market and Myers Street car parks.
‘PayStay’ users can pay for parking online or via a smartphone app.
The new units will join the 21 existing credit card-enabled parking ticket machines in the Bendigo CBD, which were announced in July 2017.