Facts & Figures

  • $1.5MCost of implementing sensors

  • $8MSavings expected over 10 years

  • $1MIncreased revenue each year

Wireless sensors fitted into the road surface can provide information on whether a car park is occupied. This information can be used to tell drivers (either through signs or online apps) where car parks are available, as well as the applicable price.

The sensors can be incorporated with online payment systems, making it easy for drivers to both find and pay for their parking, and ensuring they only pay for the time they use.

"Dynamic pricing" – in which the price falls as more parks become available – can also be introduced alongside the sensors. Where this system has been used overseas, it has resulted in reduced average parking prices and greater parking availability.

Of course, sensors can also help with parking enforcement, by ensuring that drivers comply with time limits, and don’t park without paying or park in areas they are permitted to (such as disability parks or loading zones).

The Council is proposing to including funding in its Long-term Plan for installation of parking sensors in the central city. A final decision on implementation will be made after the results of the trial are known.

Implementation will require some changes to our policies, including the introduction of flexible pricing.


  • More convenient – with easier access to parking and easier payment options.
  • More efficient.
  • Better compliance, increasing availability of parks.


  • The costs of implementation are $1.5 million. It is expected that there would be savings of $8 million over the 10 years. The costs cover installation of wireless sensors, signs showing park availability, and integration with websites/apps showing parking availability and supporting online payment.
  • Increased revenue from parking sensors $1 million per annum 2016/17 – 2024/25.

What you think

42% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

26 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

46% Feedback received that supports this idea

#23 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

45% Local residents
24% Local businesses
18% Visitors to Wellington
12% Future generations
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

50% Quite low
19% Low
12% Neutral
12% Quite high
8% High
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  • Anonymous, Island Bay

    A very bad idea - spending money on technology that is bound to have problems and break down!! And it is spending more of ratepayers money when we already have a system!!

    Also how many carparks would be taken away???? You do realise that the majority of congestion in the city is because cars are driving around and around looking for parks!!!

  • Jos, Kelburn

    Do not support this idea. Will encourage more driving into town and hunting for cheap parks. Invest in park and ride, city perimeter car parking and free CBD buses instead.

  • Sam, Island Bay

    I think that parking pricing that fluctuates with supply and demand in real time is a good thing, as it will keep parking spaces at their optimal useage level. But in the scheme of things, isn't this kind of a nice-to-have? I can't imagine the implementation will go smoothly (as large scale IT implementations seldom do) and we'll spend precious resources chasing our tails trying to force it to work.

    Dunno guys, pretty much NFM (not for me) although I don't hate it.

  • Nic, Khandallah

    Fancy technology will not solve the problem that there are not enough places to park in the city centre. Spend the money on providing out of town parking and free shuttles to and from the city, or build more car parks. I take my dollars elsewhere in the region now as I know it will take me close to an hour to find anywhere to park in town!