Parking terminals should be in place in the City of Castries early next year, the Office of Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis has announced.
In a statement to St Lucia Times, the Mayor’s Office disclosed that the revised time period for the installation of the terminals is due to a delay in obtaining the devices.
Initially, it was expected that the terminals would have been installed by this month end.
The statement said the devices are currently in the United Kingdom waiting to be shipped to Saint Lucia.
It said the Mayor’s Office wants to ‘adequately educate’ persons about the use of the devices.
“In essence, the massive education drive will be held in the coming weeks,” the Press and Communications Manager at the Mayor’s Office, Jason Hullingseed, told St Lucia Times.
He revealed that this will include town hall meetings and appearances by representatives of the Mayor’s Office on various talk shows.
Hullingseed said persons are also invited to visit the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) website at www.cityofcastries.org, where there is information on the soon to be introduced parking meters.
According to the website, the new parking terminals are made by British manufacturer, METRIC Group Ltd and are solar powered.
“They accept both coin and banknotes and have a colour user interface screen for easy instructions. The deploying of solar powered terminals by the Castries Constituency Council is in keeping with the island’s energy transition strategy in becoming renewable energy dependent,” the website observed.
It gives the launch date for the terminals as January 1, 2018, explains how they will function and provides a payment schedule.