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Council reveals blue badge schemes for ANPR-controlled car-parks
A COUNCIL will offer blue badge holders two dispensation options as it prepares to trial its mooted camera operated car-parking system.
Wycombe District Council said it has plans in place for blue badge holders after several contacted the BFP to express their concerns about the introduction of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system.
Badge holders who only use one vehicle will be able to register it, display the badge as normal, and the ANPR system will not charge them.
The second option, for blue badge holders who have access to more than one vehicle or who rely on lifts from relatives, will be issued a “payment card” on registering their details with the council.
WDC said motorists would still have to display the blue badge but, on returning to their car, they would use the card to wipe off the parking charge.
ANPR, which reads number plates as they enter and exit car-parks and automatically calculates how long vehicles have stayed, will be installed at all WDC car-parks, bar four, if a two-month trial is successful.
The trial period starts in the Easton Street and Railway Place car-parks in High Wycombe from April and, if successful, will be rolled out town-by-town - starting in Princes Risborough - by the end of October.
The authority says the system benefits motorists, as they will no longer have to hunt for loose change or rush back to their vehicles as they do under a pay-and-display system, which will also result in fewer fines.
WDC said ANPR will also provide greater business opportunities and increase income, as it will prevent motorists from ‘passing tickets’.
Parking charges are to remain unchanged under the new system, WDC said.
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