Hi-tech software could come to the rescue of motorists forced to queue for hours outside car parks. Electronic signs or in-car computer readouts and maps being considered by transport authorities could tell drivers about the availability of car park spaces. Details of traffic jams, diversions and road works could also be provided. In a public consultation paper released yesterday, the Transport Bureau urged such technology be introduced. Hong Kong Automobile Association welcomed the move and said motorists would support it overwhelmingly as car park spaces were becoming more difficult to find. 'On Hong Kong Island and some areas of Kowloon you have to queue for up to 1.5 hours before you can get into a car park,' association spokesman Jackson Ho Yee-tak said. 'If there are signs showing availability of space then that would definitely be good for drivers as it would eliminate the need to queue.' Mr Ho said he hoped the in-car system could be incorporated into Electronic Road Pricing equipment. The consultation paper, released as part of the Third Comprehensive Transport Study, is also seeking views on speeding up the provision of transport infrastructure to meet anticipated demand, giving priority to railways, better co-ordination of services by public transport operators, rationalising traffic demand and managing it more cost-effectively. Comments must be sent to the bureau before the end of the month.