New tech to protect disabled parking bays

Westminster Conservatives have brought in a new state-of-the-art sensor technology pilot to crack down on inconsiderate drivers misusing disabled parking bays.

The innovative new technology will mean disabled drivers will be issued with electronic E-Permits, which communicate with sensors built into the road.  If a car without a permit is found to be parking illegally, the sensor will alert nearby traffic marshals, who will attend and ask the driver to move on, with fines incurred for the worst offenders.

Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Parking & Sustainability, said: “Westminster Conservatives care about disabled people and we will do all that we can to make their lives as manageable as possible.  Our innovative new sensors will protect disabled bays from being misused by inconsiderate drivers and improve the day-to-day lives of disabled people in our City”.

This new scheme is the latest in a range of parking innovations brought about by flagship Conservative-run Westminster City Council, including ParkRight – an app which shows parking space availability in real time – and the original sensor scheme, which has been rolled out to over 3,300 parking bays across the City, following a pilot in The West End.

An evaluation will be undertaken following the pilot, to measure the effectiveness of the scheme, before a decision will be made on a City-wide roll out.