Brimbank council will introduce parking sensors in a number of on-street parking bays in Sunshine and St Albans.

The sensors will allow council officers to track parking data, including duration of occupancy, making it easier to issue infringement notices to motorists who exceed time limits.

Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve said the sensors would help ensure turnover in high-demand areas.

“The sensors are intended to help with turnover of parking in line with parking limits, and to ensure sufficient parking is available for visitors, customers and residents,” she said.

“Parking limits are there for a reason. They make it easier for drivers to find a parking space in areas of high demand, which ultimately allows more visitors and customers to flow through our town centres.

“One hundred parking sensors will be installed in selected on-street public carparking spaces – 50 along Devonshire Road, Sunshine, and 50 in Alfreida Street, St Albans.

“There will be no changes to your obligations as a driver,” Cr Congreve said. “You still need to obey the limit on the parking sign. There will be no change to how parking infringements are issued.”

Cr Congreve said the sensors would have other benefits.

“In addition to helping with the turnover of parking, the sensors will collect data that will help council to better understand parking use and demand within our town centres,” she said. “It’s also an efficient way for council to manage public parking without having to rely so heavily on manual chalking of tyres.”

The sensors are expected to be turned on this month. The council says more information will be available closer to the date.