The new parking.sg app will free drivers from parking coupons (available now)
The new parking.sg app will free you from parking coupons (trial open now)
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.
Note: This article was first published on 21st August 2017.