Mornington Peninsula Shire has begun a six-month trial of a new smart parking approach which aims to help decrease congestion in and around Mornington.

Around 100 in-ground sensors were installed throughout Mornington in late December and will be trialled for six months.

The sensors are located at Main Street (between Barkly Street and the Eastern Ring Road) and side streets: Queen Street, Vancouver Street, Barkly Street and Cromwell Street.

As commuters drive into Mornington along Main Street, an electronic sign will display how many parking spaces are available on Main Street.

This is the second township to trail smart parking on the Peninsula after the Shire trialled similar technology in Rye in January 2020.

Mayor and Briars Ward Councillor, Despi O’Connor, said, “The trial aims to make accessing Mornington easier and more convenient, while providing a better parking experience for both residents and tourists.”

Briars Ward Councillor, Steve Holland, said, “The trial will also help evaluate the parklets outdoor dining program, gain more insight on parking behaviours and management and assess the suitability of long-term smart parking technology in Mornington.”

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