A 1990 survey indicated that more than 3500 vehicles were parking illegally each day in the city centre. Short-stay parking was taking place on double and single yellow lines and commuters were parking on "limited waiting" areas. A study showed that a voucher payment scheme would be most suitable when compared with the installation of parking meters, the use of wheelclamps or towing away offending vehicles. The vouchers, which can be purchased from 84 outlets such as shops, libraries and garages in the immediate area, have "scratch" panels that can be rubbed off to indicate date, day and time when parked. Vehicle removal has been contracted out to avoid involving the police in extra duties. A two tier system operates with 744 spaces in the centre being used for a maximum of two hours at 50 pence per hour and a further 656 spaces in the areas outside the centre used for a maximum of ten hours at the same price of 50 pence for five hours. Success has meant that the extra revenue generated has been sufficient to finance 19 new traffic wardens needed to ensure compliance. A private company has established the distribution netwrok, supplying vouchers to the outlets, collecting payments, erecting signs and preparing leaflets and advertising materials.

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    Landor Publishing Limited

    Quadrant House 250 Kennington Lane
    London SE11 5RD,   England 
  • Authors:
    • DACEY, J
  • Publication Date: 1993-10


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 24
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  • Accession Number: 00662429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 28 1994 12:00AM