By Sam Bridge
Roads and Transport Authority says initiative involves upgraded parking meters fitted with interactive touch screens
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced it is readying for the launch of an eParking system, an innovative solution for paying parking fees in Dubai.
The project will involve upgraded parking meters fitted with interactive touch screens enabling users to enter vehicle details and have eParking tickets issued.
The eParking tickets is an alternative to the existing mParking involving the sending of text messages via mobile phones. The new procedure eliminates the need for displaying a paper ticket on the windscreen of the vehicle.
The initiative is part of RTA’s efforts to develop new services compatible with the Smart City initiative, a statement said.
The implementation of the project has started after the analysis of public polls conducted during a pilot run of improved parking meters in several locations.
RTA said it gave due consideration to customers feedback about cutting short the steps of entering vehicle details by just a tap of a nol card.
It added that advanced parking meters will be installed over several phases starting from the first quarter of 2020 until the end of 2022.
The RTA said the new system will eliminate offences resulting from the improper display of parking tickets as well as enabling the payment of parking fees for motorbikes.