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PAPER-FREE: Paperless parking permits introduced across St Albans

 Published on: 25th July 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Eco-friendly paperless car parking permits are now being issued by St Albans City & District Council (SADC).

The new system not only helps the environment, but is also more cost efficient as less administration is required.

The system covers SADC’s controlled parking zones with virtual permits available for residents, visitors, carers, healthcare professionals, traders and nannies.

Business permits are also included, along with season tickets for car parks.

Existing paper permits can be removed from vehicles as their details are now on the new system. Residents will be sent a reminder letter when they need to renew.

Civil enforcement officers will be able to see if a vehicle has a virtual permit by using automatic number plate recognition software. They will simply point a hand-held device at the registration plate to confirm if the vehicle has a valid permit. If it does not, a fixed penalty notice may be issued.

Similar technology is already used at car parks and on-street parking bays with a pay-by-phone facility.

Councillor Helen Campbell, chair of SADC’s Public Realm Committee and lead for car parking, said: “This initiative is part of our commitment to upgrade and modernise our parking services with the latest digital technology.

“We have to keep in step with the times and moving to a paperless regime is also good for the environment. It helps conserve precious resources and I am sure our residents will want to support an initiative that does that.”

Photo credit: SADC

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