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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 3 Hansard (8 April) . . Page.. 761..


MR COE: Attorney, why do parking inspectors not have access to the information that a motorist provides electronically?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for his supplementary. Parking inspectors do have access to that information but they need to communicate with their base to secure that information. These are some of the issues that do need to be resolved. ORS, the Office of Regulatory Services, parking operations is looking closely at resolution of those issues. In the interim it is a very clear position on the part of the government that people who have paid using a mobile app will not be subject to an infringement simply because there is no display of a ticket.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Attorney, why did you allow the electronic parking system to be activated before ensuring it was fully operational?

MR CORBELL: It is inevitable, when it comes to the deployment of new technology, that there may be some minor teething problems. We have had four instances of this occurring. Now that it has been brought to my attention, steps are being taken to address that problem of what was a relatively minor teething problem in what has overall been a very effective rollout of new paid parking technologies. For the first time motorists can, of course, use credit cards to pay, through a swipe, both on their mobile phones and also at the new terminals. It has been well received by motorists for the additional convenience it offers, and the rollout of parking machines is running according to timetable.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Attorney, will motorists be able to extend their parking period without returning to their vehicle?

MR CORBELL: Yes. The app provides that functionality. Currently motorists can take advantage of that. The mobile app does provide a reminder to motorists. It sends motorists a reminder on their mobile phone that their period of pay parking is about to expire. That is obviously welcomed by many people in the community, particularly those who, for one reason or another, will otherwise overstay their paid parking period. The government will continue to address these relatively minor issues in terms of the implementation of the app rollout to make sure that people can use it fully and without the need to display a voucher in their car window.

National disability insurance scheme—launch

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Young People. Minister, could you provide the Assembly with an update on how the government will be implementing the national disability insurance scheme from its ACT launch on 1 July?


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