Often people state that hate is a bit strong a word to use but my dislike of these new meters is definitely well beyond just a disliking. I find them so bad that I visit the CBD far less and prefer to shop at the centres. I have asked around and no-one I have spoken to has heard of needing to put your car registration into a parking meter before.
I am quite literate with electronics but this meter through me so much the first time I actually got back in my car and drove off. The second time I was attempting it two elderly ladies stopped to ask if I had figured it out. I stated “not yet” to which they replied “we parked several blocks away because we couldn’t use it” and that “they would look at shopping somewhere else”.
I don’t know what the idea was behind these meters but sitting out the front of a business where I was waiting for someone I witnessed a parade of frustrated people attempting to use the meters. Most had to walk back to their car to get the rego. How does this benefit the Council? Do they save a few free minutes of parking because now when you pull up you can’t use any left over minutes?
With the millions of dollars spent rejuvenating the CBD I would have thought the Council would be doing everything to get people back. This is not the way. If you are visiting – write your rego number down and allow enough time to fathom the parking meters. Best of luck.