Parking system goes paperless

From April 3, Tauranga's pay and display machines will start being upgraded to a paperless system.

Customers will need to enter their licence plate number when paying at the new machines.

The machine sends this information to Tauranga City Council, so there won't be any need to display a paper ticket on the car dashboard.

Enforcement is done via licence plate recognition, the same as for the Pay My Park app.

Council says it will take about three weeks to change over all the machines, with parking officers on hand to help people get used to the new system.