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New Parking Data Standards

Posted in General News on Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) has recently launched a set of parking data standards with the aim of ensuring that all local authorities and car park operators collect and store car parking data in the same way. The introduction of these standards could mean that car park payment machines are no longer needed because motorists will be able to pay for parking through an app regardless of which car park they wish to use. The implementation of these data standards would also allow motorists to have access to real –time information relating to the price, quality, safety, and availability of spaces. With these benefits in mind, the Department for Transport (DfT) has invested £1 million into developing the necessary technologies and infrastructure to successfully adopt these standards. Manchester City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and the Association of South Essex Councils will each receive a share of this £1 million investment to help them to begin putting the standards into practice and seven more research projects have been commissioned on top of this to help identify ways of making local authority parking data more transparent. The Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis, commented: “We now need to ensure the infrastructure surrounding these technologies is in place and can accommodate these innovations. The new parking data standards will bring government, private organisations and technologies together to ensure a smoother parking experience for drivers.”

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