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Car parks run by Wycombe District Council to return to pay and display as ANPR technology is ditched

| January 22, 2017

One of the ANPR cameras in High Wycombe.

Pay and display is to return to all but two of the car parks run by Wycombe District Council following a decision to ditch the current ANPR payment technology.

The changes will take effect from Saturday 25th February 2017 in all car parks throughout the Wycombe District operated by Wycombe District Council with the exception of The Swan and Easton Street multi-storey car parks.

Existing parking payment machines will be modified over the next few weeks to operate using the pay and display system. In busy car parks additional payment machines will be installed.

The introduction of card ‘wave and pay’ technology will also take place in some selected car parks.

Motorists using the Easton Street and Swan car parks will continue to pay before they leave. These two car parks will have entrance and exit barriers installed with motorists being required to pay before they leave and produce a ticket at the barrier before being able to exit.

The changes come after the Government decided to restrict access to car registration data held by the DVLA meaning it would no longer be possible to use car number plates to identify motorists who had left the car park without paying.

From Saturday 25th February 2017 all exiting online car park payment accounts will be closed, customers will be contacted by the Council directly about how this may affect them. Motorists who hold car park permits will not be affected by these changes as they will still be valid under the new arrangements.

The ANPR parking system was installed in car parks operated by Wycombe District Council in 2014 at a cost in the region of £680,000.

Further information on the changes can be found on the parking is changing page of the Wycombe District Council website.

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