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4 Common Workplace Parking Problems and How to Solve Them

Providing staff parking is more trouble than it’s worth, right? It’s true that trying to manage workplace parking using traditional systems can be expensive, time consuming and inefficient. But the benefits of providing workplace parking, including improved staff retention and morale, are incredibly valuable, and for companies with tool of trade vehicles, it’s simply non-negotiable. For a multitude of reasons, workplace parking plays a significant and essential role in many Australian businesses.

But can managing workplace parking ever be easy? In a word, yes. Let’s look at the most common staff parking issues and how a smart parking management system like DIVVY can make workplace parking management a breeze.

Unused parking spaces

Workplace parking spaces are often allocated to particular employees, which means they end up sitting empty when people are on holidays, out at meetings or on sick leave. The rise of flexible working, with people working from home a day or two a week, has made this problem more pronounced than ever. It’s frustrating having lots of unused parking bays in your car park, especially when you have employees who would love to park onsite missing out.

That’s where a smart parking management system like DIVVY comes in. When an employee with an allocated car park knows they won’t be coming into the office, they can use the Free Up My Space feature on the DIVVY app to make their parking space available for other employees to book.

It’s a simple but powerful way to make parking available to more employees, which is great for morale while making sure your parking spaces are working as hard as they can. Find out how Downer Group used DIVVY’s Free Up My Space to get the most out of the parking spaces at their Sydney head office here.

The expense of leasing workplace parking spaces

Leasing car spaces for your employees isn’t cheap. A parking space in Sydney’s CBD can cost more than $800 per month, so you want to be sure that your business can justify every parking space on its lease.

You can establish your business’s actual parking bay usage with DIVVY’s staff parking management solution, just like Suncorp did at their Brisbane and Sydney offices. Accurate, real-time parking bay utilisation data, provided by DIVVY’s smart parking system using IoT, shows the patterns of usage in your car park. That insight can then be used to inform business decisions about how many car parking spaces you really need.

Thanks to DIVVY, Suncorp discovered they didn’t need as many car spaces as they had, and they were able to return significant savings to the business by reducing the number of parking bays they were leasing while still meeting their workplace parking needs.

Time consuming manual parking administration

Trying to manage staff parking the old-fashioned way, with physical parking passes and spreadsheets, can be a full-time job. It’s time consuming, inefficient and the room for error is enormous.

A smart parking system using IoT, like DIVVY, cuts out the heavy lifting of staff parking admin. Employees use a QR code on their phone to access the car park – no more physical access passes and unauthorised entry problems. Parking bookings are handled by the DIVVY app, not managed in an Excel spreadsheet. And there’s no need for separate visitor parking management software. Visitor parking is easily and simply managed with DIVVY’s Book on Behalf feature.

Sometimes staff parking management can become complex, with different groups of staff allowed varying parking access. With DIVVY, staff parking can be managed in highly flexible and nuanced ways by grouping staff members, creating different access levels for particular parking bays, and more, as Boral discovered at their North Ryde, Sydney office.

And for those businesses who wish to charge their staff (or some of their staff) for parking, DIVVY’s contactless parking payments systems can handle that too. No need for payroll staff to spend time manually deducting the cost of parking from employees’ pay packets. Staff pay for their parking via the DIVVY app and the payment is remitted back to the business every month.

Tax time reporting headaches

When the end of the fringe benefits tax (FBT) year rolls around on 31 March, calculating your business’s car parking fringe benefit obligations can be incredibly tricky. The ATO’s definition of a car parking fringe benefit, and when a business is exempt from paying FBT on car parking, are complex and depend, in part, on intricate rules around how long a parking space has been used on any given business day. The rules have also recently changed, meaning more Australian businesses than ever are now liable for FBT on car parking.

A staff parking management solution like DIVVY saves you from trying to make a guesstimate on your FBT car parking liability and may also save you money. Because the amount of FBT payable is based on how much and when a car parking space is used, accurate data about parking utilisation, like that recorded by DIVVY’s smart parking management system, may help reduce your FBT car parking bill. Even Deloitte Private agree that using DIVVY’s reports can, in the relevant circumstances, result in a reduction to the car parking FBT payable.

Looking for a way to make managing your workplace parking easier? We can help. Get in touch with our sales team to discuss your staff parking management needs today.


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Casual parking made easy with DIVVY’s Drive Up

DIVVY users know and love our pre-book public parking solution, which is perfect for those times when you know where you’re headed. For spontaneous trips (or when you’re a bit less organised!), we’ve introduced Drive Up Casual Parking Solution.

What is Drive Up?

Everything drivers love about DIVVY – easy, contactless parking – is now available for casual parking. No need to pre-book your parking with Drive Up – just tap your VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay at the car park entry to gain access. When you’re ready to leave, tap out at the car park exit with the same payment method, and you’re on your way. It couldn’t be simpler!

DIVVY’s Drive Up Public Parking Solution

Why do drivers love it?

Have you ever lost your parking station ticket and had to pay for a full day’s parking or a lost ticket fee? It’s an expensive mistake to make. Drive Up doesn’t use parking pull-tickets, so you can say goodbye to lost ticket problems. It also means the resources used to manufacture thousands of pull-tickets are conserved, and there’s no pull-ticket waste ending up in our precious environment either.

Not only is Drive Up ticketless, but it’s cashless too. Cash use here in Australia was in decline even before COVID, but since the advent of the pandemic, it has nose-dived. No one wants to catch the virus from handling cash, and many of us just don’t carry it anymore. All Drive Up payments are electronic, so all you need is your card or your phone. Easy.  

Where can you park with DIVVY Drive Up?

  • Norwest Business Centre, 18 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista – this open-air car park, conveniently situated across the road from Norwest Private Hospital (including its emergency department) and Norwest Children’s Specialist Centre, is open 24/7. Drive up and gain entry to the car park by tapping with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or your VISA, Mastercard, or AMEX PayWave Card. Another tap at the exit when you’re ready to leave, and you’re on your way.
  • Adina Apartment Hotel, 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills – nestled in the heart of Surry Hills on the corner of Crown and Albion Streets, the Adina is now offering easy casual parking with Drive Up. Enjoy breakfast at bills or dinner at Bartolo without worrying about pre-booking your parking. Just tap your credit card to enter and exit the car park (accessed via Fitzroy Street), and enjoy. Parking in Surry Hills Crown Street has never been easier.
  • Hotel Kurrajong, 8 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra – need a cheap parking space near Parliament House? Try Hotel Kurrajong. Centrally located adjacent to Capital Hill and the Parliamentary Triangle, casual parking at Hotel Kurrajong is a breeze 24/7 with Drive Up. Simply drive up to the car park entry and tap your card or phone to enter, and when it’s time to go, tap again at the exit. 

Looking for pre-booked parking? We’ve got thousands of cheap parking spaces across Sydney and Melbourne. Download the DIVVY app from Google Play or the App Store, and you’ll never have to Google ‘parking near me’ in a panic again.

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Haymarket

DIVVY offer both casual drive up and pre-book parking at 14-18 Lee Street, Haymarket. Located near Sydney Central station and Univerisity of Technology. The early bird casual parking starts at $16 per day and pre-book parking starts at $15 per day