The Government Is Working To 'Revolutionise' Parking

The Government Is Working To ‘Revolutionise’ Parking

The Government Is Working To 'Revolutionise' Parking

The government wants to ‘revolutionise’ parking across the country. It aims to eliminate outdated systems by facilitating crucial data sharing.

Data Sharing 

New data standards produced by the Department of Transport will standardise the information published by local councils and private companies; effectively ensuring they speak the same ‘language’. The hope is that this data will be exploitable by apps; making it easier for drivers to find a space to park their vehicles. Produced by Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS), the standardised system is expected to transform parking. Much in the same way Oyster Cards transformed travel in London.

Future Mobility 

The move is a part of the Government’s ‘Future Mobility: Urban Strategy’. Part of the strategy is to make it easier for drivers to locate parking spaces; based on quality, pricing, safety and the availability of services (such as electrical charging points). It also wants to free up space in inner cities. Paving the way to less congestion and boosts for high streets. A number of local authorities in Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and South Essex will be paid to trial the new data standards. Nigel Williams, chairman of APDS, has spoken of the ease of parking in the future. He said, “the new standards will enable the next generation of apps and connected cars to find a parking space, park and pay – with little or no intervention from the driver.”

Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis, believes the future lies in better parking infrastructure. He stated, “we are on the brink of a revolution for the future of transport. With ground-breaking technologies creating huge opportunities for cleaner, cheaper, safer and more reliable journeys.” He added, “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.”

The End of The Parking Metre

If the Government’s plans are successful, it could mean the end of the old-school parking metre. Instead, we’ll simply use a variety of apps to prearrange our parking. This would mean reserving a space before we’ve even left our homes. The idea is essentially to maximise efficiency in terms of current spaces and gradually introduce more; to meet demand and consumer expectations. This is why the plans also speak of safety, pricing and services. With the sheer amount of vehicles on the nation’s roads, especially in urban areas, these plans couldn’t have come soon enough. Whether they’ll work, however, is anyone’s guess.

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