A new system enables traffic wardens to pounce on motorists who overstay their welcome in parking bays
A new system enables traffic wardens to pounce on motorists who overstay their welcome in parking bays. Metereye - which is produced by Town and City Parking Ltd - incorporates sensors fitted to parking bays. These can be recessed into surfaces, or mounted onto concrete/paving, in both covered and outside spaces. According to the Metereye website, these relay “vehicle arrival, occupancy and departure data directly to hand-held devices” so that “one attendant can be responsible for two or three sites at the same time”. Furthermore, the technology could be used to define the areas motorists park most frequently. Local Authorities could then raise prices for busy areas - further hurting drivers.
But pleasingly, the system could help motorists as well as wardens. Westminster Council – which already operates the new technology - has created a mobile application. This picks-up signals from the sensors then relays the position of empty parking spaces to smart devices such as iPads. Motorists then simply drive to locations confident they can park. Edinburgh City Council has also installed the system, and the The Daily Mail says its manufacturer claims that “other local authorities, retailers, and a major sports stadium have also expressed an interest”. This has caused concern among some motoring groups.
As such The Guardian has reported that Luke Bosdet, from the AA, said: “It is likely to confirm drivers' suspicions that this sort of technology favours Big Brother rather than the motorist, despite what councils say". Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, added: “This gives wardens the equivalent of eyes in the backs of their heads”. Furthermore Paul Pearson, who runs a campaign, called www.penaltychargenotice.co.uk said: “This is absolutely disgraceful that councils are looking to increase their war on the motorist and yet raise yet more money and dressing it up as something entirely different. Why can’t they just be honest? They are just highway bandits”.