Smart parking trial in Mornington saving drivers real time

The Mornington Smart Parking trial is already having an impact by reducing congestion in the busy precinct and helping drivers find a car park easier.

Launched in late December 2020, 100 in-ground sensors were installed throughout Mornington and will be trialled for six months.

Now that Main Street has been reopened, we will be relocating around 50 sensors currently on side streets to Main Street between the Esplanade and Barkly Street.

This is the second township to trial smart parking on the Peninsula. In the past two summers, the Shire trialled similar technology in Rye.

Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/smartparking to learn more about both projects.

Quotes attributable to Mayor and Briars Ward Councillor Despi O’Connor:

“The trial aims to make accessing Mornington easier and more convenient, while providing a better parking experience for both residents and tourists.”

“We’re surprised by the amount of overstayed parking in Mornington. Between January and February alone there were 6,700 overstays, with around 2,400 of these staying more than 30 minutes above the prescribed time limit. We are confident this smart parking technology will help us to increase parking availability and improve convenience and fairness for drivers.”

Quotes attributable to Briars Ward Councillor Steve Holland:

“The trial will also help to gain more insight on parking behaviours and management and assess the suitability of long-term smart parking technology in Mornington.”

“We are committed to increasing access to parking spots by providing fairer, easier access to the limited amount of car parks, especially during peak periods.”

Quotes attributable to Briars Ward Councillor Anthony Marsh:

“Smart parking technology has been proven to significantly reduce the time it takes to find a parking space and reduce car emissions in other cities and townships.”

“This technology will also assist businesses on Main Street to have a higher turnover of customers by reducing congestion and overstaying vehicles in the area.”

/Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.