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Parking permits: Digitisation saves time and money

Cashless parking has transformed how councils and car park operators manage permits

Rebecca Maisey
12 July 2022
Digital permits can be managed on smartphone
Rebecca Maisey
Rebecca Maisey

 

Parking permits have long been used to give parking rights to specific user groups. Some of the most obvious groups include residents, Blue Badge holders, NHS staff and low-emission vehicles. Each cohort must meet specific criteria to qualify for a parking permit.

For many years, permits of all types used to be paper-based and often included the vehicle’s registration number. To prevent fraud, permits also featured a secure design element, especially in the case of visitor parking...

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