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Govt scraps EasyPark at airport

Travellers who leave their vehicles at LF Wade International Airport will not be able to pay parking fees through EasyPark meters.

According to officials, the devices will not be valid at the airport from the start of next month because of “financial challenges”.

Airport General Manager, Aaron Adderley said: “Prior to the introduction of EasyPark, the Airport was able to realise 100 percent of the parking fee revenue. By enabling the use of the EasyPark service at the short-term and long-term car parks, we had to relinquish a portion of those revenues — something which is very difficult to do when we’re challenged with minimising costs and maximising revenues in a depressed economic environment.

“There were also some operational challenges involved with using the device at the Airport. It was designed for short term usage. When passengers were attempting to use the device in the long term parking lot when travelling for days at a time, there were some instances when the battery would run out and of course, tickets were being issued causing discrepancies which would later have to be addressed.”

Despite scrapping the facility, Mr. Adderley expressed a desire to continue working with the company.

“EasyPark is aware of our challenges and is working on introducing a solution that will satisfy all of our objectives,” he said.

“Our customers have shared with us their desire to see the EasyPark devices remain at the Airport. They have grown accustomed to utilising the service and it has become increasingly convenient for them. So we want to be in a position to reintroduce the service to satisfy those challenges and most importantly, to quickly satisfy our customers.”

Norris Ebbin, director of EasyPark said: “Firstly, we would like to thank our loyal customers for their support since our inception. We are aware of the issue regarding battery failure when using EasyPark meters for long term parking, albeit occasional. Note, we recommend our customers to only use the EasyPark meter for long term parking when the battery is new or for short trips.

“We recognise our value proposition and also the need for Airport Operations to meet its objectives. We appreciate and look forward to a continued relationship going forward in order to assist them in meeting their objectives.”

A Government spokesman added that pay-and-display machines at the airport remained available and coins, credit cards and debit cards will continue to be accepted.

“Please be reminded that the charge for long-term parking is $5 per day or any part thereof, and $1 per hour or any part thereof for a maximum of two hours for short-term parking,” he added.

Useful website: www.bermudaairport.com.

Daniel Faria, of EasyPark, holds on of the parking devices which, as of next month, will no longer be accepted for parking at LF Wade International Airport.
Readers’ reactions

The decision to dispense with EasyPark at LF Wade International Airport swiftly proved unpopular decision online.

Opinion on our web edition tended to echo that of ‘concern bermuda’ — who posted: “Easy Park is very useful and convenient. Why on earth would Government all of a sudden decide to ban the devices from the airport?”

Readers took umbrage at the Department of Airport Operations suggestion that motorists use the existing parking machines.

“On three occasions last year I departed on the early AA flight and the Pay-and-Display machines wouldn't work,” retorted a reader dubbed ‘sooooooo’.

‘Fezzer’ posted: “People were getting tickets in the long term car park because the battery on their device would die before they got back to Bermuda! Stupid that it has been stopped in the short term car park as well!”

Voicing agreement with the decision was ‘Janelle’, who questioned whether Government or the Corporation of Hamilton took the EasyPark revenue — and said Government may have gotten rid of the machines to take in more money.

‘Elizabeth Von Trumparani’ remarked: “I'm sure it’s one Gov department not being able to talk to another. Same reason parking tickets can't be linked to TCD licensing.”

Some chastised

The Royal Gazette for falling short on investigative journalism — as Government’s initial statement provided no rationale for banning the devices.

“Can we get the real reason to this story instead a half version why the Airport is no longer using these things,” appealed A Grimwood.

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Published May 09, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 08, 2013 at 11:31 pm)

Govt scraps EasyPark at airport

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