Sensor technology for on-street parking is being rolled out in Springvale Activity centre. The technology is a more accurate and consistent way to manage parking by encouraging drivers to comply with restrictions.
Funding has been allocated for the installation of more than 500 Smart Car Parking Sensors through Councils 2021-22 Budget.
Council receives many complaints relating to vehicles overstaying in parking spaces on Buckingham Avenue in Springvale. The parking sensors will ensure efficient turnover of parking availability in these areas.
Parking availability supports local businesses in Springvale. The smart parking sensors will ensure parking bays in the busiest locations are used only by customers and visitors spending a short time in the area.
If you are visiting Springvale Activity Centre for an hour or more, there are longer stay parking options in off-street car parking areas that can better accommodate your stay.
Why is Council installing parking sensors?
Parking sensors support efficient turnover of parking spaces and helps on-street parking to be more readily available for residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors to Springvale.
The parking sensors will assist with parking compliance and collect data about how often a parking space is occupied and for how long to help council make decision about meeting the needs of people parking in Springvale.
Additionally, the sensors will allow Council to eventually provide real-time parking information via phone APPs and signage, to better direct motorists to areas where parking may be available.
Where are the parking sensors being installed?
Parking sensors will be installed in many on-street parking bays in the Springvale Activity Centre, including on Buckingham Avenue, Balmoral Avenue, Springvale Road and Warwick Avenue.
The sensors on Springvale Road will not be installed until the road works for the Springvale Boulevard Project are completed.
Please see the map which shows streets where sensors will be installed.
How do the sensors work?
A small sensor is installed underneath the road surface within the parking bay and can detect when a vehicle is positioned above it. The sensors record vehicle arrival time and if the vehicle overstays the maximum time permitted in a bay. Parking Officers are alerted of overstay vehicles in the area and can determine in real-time if an offence has occurred.
The sensors are very accurate and have been successfully operating in the municipality since the initial installation in Dandenong in 2020.
My parking space has a time restriction. When does the time start being measured by the sensor?
The sensor will commence timing as soon as the vehicle is detected within the parking bay. Whilst the sensors will inform Parking Enforcement Officers in the area if there are overstays detected, a grace period will apply. Following the conditions on the parking restriction signage, is strongly suggested.
Are the sensors accurate/reliable?
The sensors are well tested and use proven technology which has been successfully implemented across many other Councils in Australia. Within the City of Greater Dandenong, parking sensors are already in place within the Dandenong Activity Centre.