CCC signs deal to install smart parking meters
Sean Steele (Left), Peterson Francis
Saint Lucia is one-step closer in seeing the installation of parking meters around the city circuit.
This was highlighted Friday morning when Castries Mayor Peterson Francis signed official documents with the Managing Director of Smart Park; the entity responsible for the first-ever parking meters.
The idea to install parking meters across the city was approved and sanctioned by the Government of Saint Lucia in its attempts to significantly reduce vehicular traffic in the city of Castries.
The Smart Park Solution, Mayor Francis says, will work in tandem with plans for parking terminals and will include features that make provisions for payment through the ease of mobile devices.
Managing Director or Smart Park Sean Steele summarized the ease of usability for the smart parking solution, which he says will be easily accessible to all Saint Lucians and is inexpensive as well.
“Anyone with a mobile phone can pay for their parking; you do not need to have a smartphone to use the system. The system has many attributes that allows users to park safely from their vehicles, you can start and restart parking session from anywhere you are. The solution allows very cost-effective operation when compared to parking meters; there is no maintenance of the solutions so from an operations perspective you will maximize the revenue generation capacity,” Mr Steele explained.
The parking meters will alert the user before their time is up and provide an option for the user to extend their metering time from any location, via phone. Smart Park looks to roll out the solution using a phased system, initially looking to install 200 spaces and continuing with a scheduled rolled out.
The Castries City Council, which is the lead agency on the initiative, has entered into a business partnership with Smart Park.
‘The CCC has nothing to put out,” Mayor Francis declared.
“We are going to partner with our associates and down the road we will be sharing the profits… Not the losses,” Francis continued.
“We are looking at in the first year 60/40, the second year 65/35 and the third year 70/30 and move on from there.”
Francis also disclosed that anti-vandalism measures are being discussed to ensure the longevity of the smart parking meters.