Macarthur Square customers who stay more than three hours in the centre’s car park will be forced to pay from Tuesday, October 31.
The ‘smart park’ system will use track license plates to determine how long vehicles have remained in the car park, negating the need for tickets.
The longer vehicles remain in the car park, the more drivers will need to pay. The maximum any driver will need to pay will be $40 – for seven hours or more.
Senior’s card holders can park for free for the first four hours, but will need to pay $3 if they exceed that time limit.
Those working at the shopping centre will be charged a $4 flat rate.
Electronic display boards will also direct motorists to available car parks meaning motorists will no longer need to do multiple laps to find a spot.
Centre manager Pedro Araujo said the new system aimed to provide the best experience possible for customers.
“We’ve made the car parking improvements based on customer feedback about parking difficulties and the unavailability of parking for genuine shoppers,” he said.
“Most of our customers will enjoy free parking when they park less than three hours or enter the car park after 6pm and leave before midnight.”
Between October 31 and December 31, customers who spend more than $150 at the centre will be able to park for free.