New automated car park barriers and an ANPR system have been deployed as part of a new ticketless car park system installed at Trinity Square in Margate, Kent, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The digital system reads a motorist’s registration number, via new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras at the entrance and exit of the car park, allowing users to only pay for the amount of time they are parked for rather than tickets being set by the hour. There are new touchscreen machines for paying by card or apple / android pay as well as cash. The system allows contactless payment at the exit barrier. Regular users of the car park, can register online for an account.
Council leader Bob Bayford said: “Ticketless parking has been used across the country for years but this will be the first in Thanet. We know parking matters to both residents and visitors. In July 2018, car park users across the district told us they wanted a more streamlined and convenient service. The ANPR system being piloted uses the latest technology and will offer exactly that.
“Benefits include paying at the end of your stay; paying only for the time you’ve used; the ability to pay by card; plus the option to set up automatic payments if you are a regular user of the car park. Monitoring Trinity Square throughout the pilot will help us review the success of the scheme and establish the potential for any future roll out to further car parks.”
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