THE CHANGING FACE OF PARKING TECHNOLOGY

This article shows how parking in the UK is changing in response to legislation, and technology is advancing to meet its new demands. From 1 October 1995, local authorities (LAs) in London had to put out to compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) on-street parking services such as parking attendants, clamping, and removal and release of vehicles. The Government intends to extend this system to all LAs. Proper enforcement of on-street parking can ensure workable parking policies and give LAs revenue to reinvest in improved technology and management systems. The article discusses the useful lessons learned from the experience of the London Boroughs of Westminster and Wandsworth. Technical innovations have enabled easier and more effective enforcement of parking regulations. For example, with hand-held computers, traffic wardens can quickly record details and print legible tickets, and retain complete records for checking later complaints. In car parks, technology can contribute to the smoother flow of cars and the control of payment. Its ability to implement different parking charges at different times of day can be crucial, when parking policies aim to discourage day-long parking but encourage shoppers and other short-term visitors. For example, Glasgow has a staggered charging system.

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • STANSFIELD, K
  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 12,14
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00720770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM