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
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
“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.