Pictured at the launch of Limerick e-Parking was Daniel Philips Picture: Alan Place
MORE than 20,000 people have registered with Limerick e-Parking, which allows them to avail of on-street parking without having to display a traditional parking disc.
Limerick City and County Council, which launched the service last November, says it expects the number of registered users will continue to grow in the coming months following an upcoming promotional and marketing campaign.
Limerick e-Parking, which was developed by local company Parkmagic, allows users to pay for on-street parking by phoning (061) 303093 or by using a free smartphone app.
Users must provide details of their vehicles when registering and using hand-held devices, traffic wardens have access to real-time data.
Registered users can pay for on-street parking for between 30 minutes and two hours and the system can also be used in Newcastle West, Kilmallock and Rathkeale.
In the city, the hourly rate is €1 while in the county the rate is 50c for two hours with the first hour free.
Under current parking bylaws, a fine of €40 applies in the case of drivers who do not display a parking disc or pay via the Limerick e-Parking service.
The local authority, which conducted a review of the initiative at the end of June says there has been a steady growth in the customer base with new customers averaging around 330 per month.
A spokesperson said of those who have registered for the service, 48% are using the free smartphone app while 52% are using the automated phone system.
Website traffic increased dramatically in the early part of the year and remained steady in Q2 2016 at 2,000 visits per month.
A new website, www.limerickparking.ie, was also launched last year which allows users to see the locations of both on-street and off-street parking in Limerick. It also shows in real-time how many spaces are available at multi-story car parks.
According to Limerick City and County Council, traffic to the website increased dramatically in the early part of this year and has remained steady since – averaging at around 2,000 visits per month.
“The service and the website is popular and enables a convenient and informative tool for people who wish to pay for parking and plan a visit to Limerick,” said a council spokesperson.
While parking discs are still be available to buy and use, the local authority hopes to phase them out over time.