New parking system just the ticket by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Following an investment of £130,000, Gloucester City Council is launching a new state of the art payment system in two of its car parks.
From Monday 3rd October, the new pay on foot and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems for Kings Walk and Eastgate car park will go live.
This means that customers will now take a ticket on arrival to the car park and pay via the pay stations or exit terminals once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city. The new ‘pay on foot’ system means customers don’t need display a ticket in their car windows and can relax without rushing back before their ticket runs out.
In addition to the new machines, users who are paying by contactless debit or credit card will be able to ‘wave and pay’ on entry and exit. A sensor will register the payment allowing the customer to visit the car park without having to receive a ticket at the machine.
The ‘pay on foot’ parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on both entrance and exit.
As part of the changes, MI permits cashless parking will no longer be available within Eastgate and Kingswalk car park. Car parking tariffs will not increase as part of a continued commitment to keeping rates low.
To help people familiarise themselves with the new system, contractors will be on hand throughout the week.
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “We want to make our city centre as attractive and convenient as possible for our residents and visitors. Modern car parking is vital to attract people in to enjoy the centre and complements the existing development and regeneration going on all around us.
“Introducing the ANPR system is just the beginning, we will also be working with our city centre businesses to use all the different functions that the system can offer, including opportunities for individual retailers to offer free or discounted parking.”
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