New Zealand introduces text-to-pay parking meters

While North American cities are increasingly installing parking meters that accept Visa and other debit and credit cards, drivers in New Zealand have already graduated to a text-to-pay service.
new zealand offers text to pay parking meters_2514_800073400_0_0_10225_300.jpgThe service, which was introduced in Dunedin, New Zealand, was deployed to allow consumers to pay using their cell phones, alleviating the need to carry change or credit cards. The text-to-pay service was introduced last year after parking machines that accepted debit cards were suspended due to larger than expected deductions from users' accounts. The council has no plans to reintroduce the debit-friendly meters.

Elsewhere, parking meters that accept credit and debit cards have proved immensely popular. For example, the San Diego city council has approved the purchase of 131 multi-space parking meters. Between 2004 and 2007, a pilot program using these advanced meters saw a 24 percent increase in revenue compared to their more traditional counterparts. 
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