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Trial for new car park technology

St Peter’s Street car park is the first car park in Bedford Borough to be fitted with advanced camera technology. The trial is at no cost to Bedford Borough Council.

 

The system is called Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and records vehicles in and out of the car park, 24 hours a day. This is a trial before the technology is rolled out across other town centre car parks.

 

ANPR cameras could help to reduce the costs of running town centre car parks, make them more efficient and quicker to use as well as allowing them to be open for longer. People will not have to queue to access car parks and barriers would open automatically.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to use car parks in Bedford town centre and we are using the latest technology to modernise and improve our car parks for all.

 

“Eventually the technology could be used to enable people to purchase season tickets to allow them to park and go, and enable payments to be made for parking at home over the computer.'

 

“We have frozen our car park charges for three years in a row, despite inflation and the increased costs of running the car parks in order to support shoppers and Bedford town centre businesses.

 

“We will closely monitor the impact of the ANPR technology in St Peter’s Street and we hope to be able to roll out this technology across our other car parks in the near future.”

 

The technology is not being used to issue pay and display parking tickets or penalty charge notices.

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