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Residents’ parking permits go digital

Are you one of the many Canterbury residents with a permit to park in designated areas? If so your life may have just got a bit easier.

Residents parking permits can now be managed online at the click of a button.

It means residents can apply for and manage on and off-street permits, as well as visitor permits, from anywhere with an internet connection – avoiding the need to go into the council’s offices. Permits are valid immediately, removing the wait for a paper version to arrive in the post.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, who has been spearheading the scheme in his role as chairman of the regeneration and property committee, believes the initiative brings many benefits.

He said: “The new paperless permit system allows residents to share a permit between two vehicles and manage it online, although only one can be parked at a time.

“It introduces a monthly payment option, which will make the permits more affordable for people on low or fixed incomes who cannot afford a costly up-front fee.”

As part of the move to use new technologies, the council has also introduced automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in some of its car parks, allowing drivers to pay for only the time they are parked. Following a successful trial, the cameras are due to be rolled out across the district next year.

The tech will also allow live parking space availability to be displayed on signs and even sent to sat-navs. So if you pull up to find no spaces, you’ll be able to see where to go instead.

Anyone who has a paper permit can apply for a new one online when their renewal is due.

 

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