Blue badge holders will be able get up to three hours of free parking at Canterbury City Council’s off-street camera-controlled car parks.
Across the district, the authority is rolling out its automatic number plate reader car parks (ANPR) which allow drivers to pay for the exact amount of time they have parked and without buying a ticket.
Discounts for blue badge holders will be available at Miller’s Field and St Radigunds, both of which went operational with the ANPR system this week.
The council is urging drivers with blue badges to register online to qualify for a free parking account.
Up to two vehicles linked to a blue badge holder can be registered to the account. Any vehicle which stays longer than three hours will activate a direct payment from the badge holder’s account.
Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, the council’s regeneration and property chairman, said: “We promised from day one of the ANPR trial that we would put in place a system to enable the blue badge discount to continue and that’s exactly what we’re doing here.
“The new ANPR system uses the very latest technology, which we have used to implement a fair and straightforward system for making three hours of free parking available to blue badge holders, and is set up in just a few steps in the online account.”
The council is now rolling out the ANPR system to other car parks in the district including Middle Wall and Gorrell Tank in Whitstable and William Street and the Neptune’s in Herne Bay.
It will complete the work in Canterbury where Pound Lane and Castle Street multi-storey will be upgraded and Longport, Castle Row, Watling Street, Queningate and the new Station Road West multi-storey once constructed will get the new system.
Log on to the council’s dedicated webpage to register your blue badge. You must include a photograph of your badge to complete the process.