From this week, Marygate and Coppergate Centre Car Parks (formally known as Piccadilly) now offer new ‘pay on exit’ car parking.
We think that this is a step forward but the top priority remains to improve digital signage and communications to prevent unnecessary trips by drivers seeking parking spaces. That is particularly important at these two car parks which are accessible only by awkward routes.
It is several years since the Council switched of some of its advance car parking space availability signs. A promise that available space information would be integrated into “Sat Nav” systems has not yet materialised., although this si common on electric vehicle charging platforms
The result is unnecessarily long journeys with all that entails in terms of extra pollution.
So now the City of York Council, in partnership with York BID, have introduced the new ‘pay on exit’ equipment, which has been upgraded to enable customers to pay for parking as they leave the car park, in a hope to improve the customer experience.
The new ticketless systems will enable residents and visitors to pay for parking as they leave, rather than in advance.
A successful ‘pay on exit’ trial was undertaken in Marygate car park back in 2016 and the new system has now been expanded to the Coppergate Centre car park too.
The new system uses ANPR cameras to provide ticketless parking at both car parks. ANPR cameras will read the car registration plate on entering the car park. When visitors leave, all they need to do is go to the payment machine and type in their car registration plate.
Blue badge holders are able to scan their barcode or QR code for free or discounted parking at the Coppergate Centre car park. At Marygate, where designated disabled parking bays are outside the car park and occupied, blue badge holders wishing to park inside the car park are able to scan their barcode or QR code for free or discounted parking.
ANPR cameras will read the car registration plate on leaving the car park and all visitors need to do is pay any required charge for their stay.
The ticketless parking system will recognise that payment has been made and the barrier will raise automatically to allow drivers to exit.
The introduction of ANPR systems mean car park scratch cards are no longer able to be used in the car parks.
If anyone holds a parking permit for a car park where ANPR ticketless parking is in place, they’ll still be able to use the car park as normal. To find out more on this visit the page on the council website.
It’s hoped that the ‘pay on exit’ system will be rolled out across other city car parks.
Please note: Marygate car park currently has reduced capacity during the important Environment Agency works taking place in the area, and larger vehicles will be operating/using the narrow access road.
The new pay on exit payment systems have been introduced as the new national restrictions change from 12 April to include:
- Non-essential retail reopening
- Outdoor hospitality is allowed
- Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons can resume
- Libraries, community centres and indoor leisure facilities can reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups)
- The rule of six or two households still applies and we can only spend time with those we don’t live with outside.
Restrictions remain in place, which means you will still need to sanitise your hands, wear face coverings and keep socially distanced.
The council is continuing to support local businesses and has prepared for the next stage of lockdown rule easing on 12 April. Extra measures introduced in the city will include:
- The installation of temporary public toilets, additional litter bins and additional cleaning taking place in the city centre
- extending the Covid Support Marshalls programme until the end of June
- submitting planning applications required for temporary managed outdoor spaces to help people see friends and family safely
- making it easier for people to get tested, offering a collect option at our testing sites and opening up symptom-free testing to all adults and children of secondary school age and above.