Ticketless parking on its way to Oxted

By Kevin Black in Community News

Tandridge District Council’s Community Services Committee is to consider the introduction of a new ticketless barrier system for the Council’s Ellice Road car park in Oxted.

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system will enable visitors to pay on exit rather than having to decide how long they want to stay when they arrive. The first hour will be free.

The system will also give people maximum flexibility in how they pay and will accept cards, coins and Apple Pay/contactless payments. If the committee gives the go ahead, the new system will be in place from autumn 2017.

The pay on exit system will allow visitors to stay for as long as they like, without fear of getting a penalty charge notice or having to return to their cars before their ticket expires. Visitors will drive up to a barrier, which will record the licence plate details. When they are ready to exit, they will type their car registration number into a machine and pay using one of various methods. Once paid, the barrier will lift automatically as the driver approaches the car park exit.

Regular users, including local businesses and residents, will be able to sign up for a registered account to enable them to enter and exit the car park without visiting a machine. Local business will also have the opportunity to offer free or discounted parking options to customers.

The Council is also continuing to look at options for providing additional parking capacity for the town and provisional plans will be ready in the summer. The tender process is underway for an improved enforcement service, which will be in place by September.

Councillor Nick Childs, Chairman of the Community Services Committee, said: “The exciting new ticketless barrier system will offer residents, businesses and visitors the greatest flexibility when they visit the town. People will be able to park and shop for as long as they like without the need to run back to their car to top up a ticket, and there is no need to carry change when they exit. Quick, easy and convenient parking will help transform our town. We will also be in a position to share plans regarding the provision of additional capacity soon.”

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