In accordance with the Smart Nation initiative, car drivers can download and use the new parking mobile application Parking.sg from October 1 in Singapore. This new app will help drivers pay their parking fees at all the 1,100 public car parks in Singapore.
People just have to key in their vehicle number, enter the car park code, indicate the duration of parking and pay via a credit or debit card. Fees are based on the length of time a car is parked on a per-minute basis. The app will also notify users when their parking sessions expire, allowing drivers to extend their parking sessions remotely and to view their parking history.
Making this announcement through a press release today, agencies involved in developing the app, including Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Housing Development Board (HDB) and GovTech Singapore, said, “The parking.sg app is available for download from both the Apple App and Google Play stores.”
Incidentally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mentioned about the Parking.sg app during his National Day Rally speech.
A lot of effort was made to develop the app, including extensive trials to check its efficacy in phases from May to June and from July to September to make sure that it could withstand a high user load. About 15,000 public officers and people signed up for the trials.
The agencies have also included the feedback to make the app more refined, adding the parking history and notification features to alert users before their parking session expired.
Initially, the app can only be used for cars and it will be extended to motorcycles and heavy vehicles by the end of the year, the agencies said.
As the car park code is a mandatory field to be filled before motorists can start a parking session in the app, URA and HDB have installed additional signs to improve the visibility of these codes.
The agencies said, “This mobile app is a demonstration of how digital technology can be applied in practical ways to make citizens’ lives more convenient in a Smart Nation.”