Ashburton District Council has significantly improved the operations of the Ashburton CBD parking meters, following changes to their service and maintenance.
"Since the parking meters were installed in 2012, we have worked to ensure they are operating correctly for everyone", Ashburton District Council Roading Manager Brian Fauth says.
"We understand the meters were not always working properly in the past, but lessons learnt and recent changes to their maintenance has made a big difference to them."
The parking meters are now serviced by a Timaru company which has been able to maintain the machines more regularly than the previous contractor, based in Auckland. ADC had been locked into a three year contract with the Auckland company before finding a more localised contractor.
"Our data shows increased use of the pay-and-display parking meters along East Street since March this year when the new contractor started. The performance of the meters will continue to be monitored, and will be replaced with another model if we cannot sustain consistent performance."
Council approved halving the hourly parking rate in the Ashburton CBD at its May Council meeting to 50 cents per hour. The machines will be calibrated to reflect this change as soon as possible.