The payment system Snapper is being removed as a payment option on Wellington City Council parking meters.
The council is removing the Snapper option following damage caused to around half of the city’s 500 pay-and-display meters by new ANZ credit/debit cards that feature braille dots designed to help visually-impaired people enter the cards the right way round into eftpos terminals and other vending machines.
The machines are currently being upgraded, but the Council’s acting parking services manager J.T. Scutter told RNZ News that Snapper asked not to be included in the upgrade.
He said that Snapper is not a popular method of payment for parking, with the system used for only 10,000 of the city’s 250,000 monthly parking transactions.
Scutter said that users of parking meters do not seem to be the same people who use public transport, which is the main use of Snapper.
Council staff are currently in the process of removing Snapper payment options from the meters and it is expected for this to be completed by October.
The new machines will have the Snapper reader replaced by a Paywave pad.
Snapper remain the interim bus ticketing provider for all Metlink bus services. Cards can currently be used on Wellington City, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley bus routes, and will be able to be used on Kapiti Coast and Porirua bus routes from Sunday 15 July.