São Paulo to introduce electronic car parking

Summary:The initiative will see the end of paper tickets and illegal sales

The municipality of São Paulo will roll out an electronic car parking system to manage the 37,000 public parking spaces across the city.

A public tender will be launched this month to choose the provider of the e-parking scheme, which will include the provision of thousands of parking meters.

The system will replace the current paper-based set-up, where the user either needs to buy a book of tickets, or buy them from certain resellers or from illegal street vendors that often charge double the price of individual tickets.

According to newspaper Folha de São Paulo, the details of the accompanying technology for the system - such as remote ticket inspection and mobile-based ticket purchasing - are yet to be decided.

Attempts to roll out electronic parking have been made by almost all of São Paulo city mayors over the last 20 years but the process has always been fraught with difficulty.

Other examples of issues around e-parking in Brazil's largest city include a legal dispute involving technology companies interested in the project, which prompted the suspension of an e-parking trial in São Paulo in 2012. Low user take-up rates also affected previous e-parking schemes, such as the one that was briefly in place during the mandate of previous São Paulo mayor Gilberto Kassab in the mid 2000s.

Topics: Mobility, Government


Angelica Mari is ZDNet's Brazil Contributing Editor. She has relocated to Brazil, her home country, in 2011 after living and working in Europe for a decade. She started her professional life when she was 14, as a software trainer coaching executives at major Brazilian companies until the age of 17, when she started writing professionally.... Full Bio

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