New digital parking permits for Brisbane

Brisbane street parking was set to be overhauled by council after it voted to remove paper permits for the first time in more than two decades.

Brisbane Times has reported Brisbane City Council amended local laws which would introduce new permits for residents, tradespeople, health professionals, fleet cars and car-share services. It would also see the existing paper-based system go digital.

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club welcomed any move to make the parking permit system simpler and easier for motorists.

“This is a good move because it’ll modernise Brisbane’s complex parking permits,” Dr Michael said.

“Parking fines are a common bugbear of motorists and, through this new, much simpler system, we hope to see fewer drivers fined for infringements in their own area.”

Council infrastructure chairman Amanda Cooper said the feedback from residents was parking permits should be tailored to individual streets, rather than one system across an entire suburb, and that permits for business parking were not supported.

Nearly 14,000 residents held permits in parking areas around the inner-city, stadiums and major events venues.

Council’s new digital system would be progressively rolled out with full implementation by mid-2019.