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14 September 2012, 06:00
Plans to charge drivers who park for more than 11 hours at two park-and-ride sites in Oxfordshire are being discussed.
The council's carrying out a consultation on the plans for their Thornhill and Water Eaton sites, which will cost £200,000 to implement.
But the proposals will bring in £150,000 a year, which will be reinvested in the sites to keep short-stay parking free.
The system would be operated by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras monitoring vehicles entering and leaving the sites to determine length of stay.
Car park staff would continue to patrol the sites and issue parking tickets
Subject to final approval in the Autumn, the scheme could be introduced by November 2012.
Oxfordshire County Council’s Deputy Leader Rodney Rose said: “We want to safeguard the future of the county council’s Park and Ride sites and this is something we have committed to doing for some time now.
“We’ve looked into this in some detail and think the 11-hour limit on free parking is about right, allowing for a normal working day with a fair bit of leeway either side. We obviously have to set the bar somewhere but we want to hear people’s views on this as well as the other proposals.”
The consultation runs until 14th September on the council's website http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/consultation