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Parking Technology Means Learners Must Know The Rules


New Technology can monitor empty parking bays and keep track of traffic occupying them. Relevant authorities can also be notified as to when a vehicles paid parking time has expired. Parking rules therefore need to be understood by new drivers.


The new technology will monitor cars as they occupy and vacate parking bays. The technology has been designed to feed information to phones and digital tablets. It will be tempting for drivers to use their devices while on the move looking to park.

Another use of the road sensors is to notify traffic wardens when parking time has expired and the owner of the vehicle is then liable to a fine. This is seen as many motorists as an excuse to raise cash as traffic wardens can then lie in wait to issue a parking ticket. Many people park in unsafe positions as a result of poor knowledge regarding parking restrictions and lack of skill in manoeuvring a vehicle. Parking regulations can be complicated with differences for time of day, spaces provided for loading and unloading and street signs which can be difficult to see and easy to ignore by people in a hurry. Parking regulations are given lip service on the theory test with no real practice of reversing into a tight gap given on driving lessons. Instructors need to make sure that learners understand road markings and signs on practical lessons.

The technology can be used to display how many cars use a particular street with higher charges set to be imposed on more heavily used streets. Drivers may seek streets with lower parking charges creating a bigger safety problem and annoying local residents. Parking for the purposes of the driving test is never into a gapFind Article, but behind one car and finishing within a certain distance. As roads become more crowded higher levels of skill and judgement are needed to safely put the car into a space ensuring it does not stick out and there is no damage to other vehicles. The driving test method of parking takes away the risk of damaging another vehicle but does not prepare pupils for backing into a space in busy urban areas and this should to be covered in lessons.

Local councils must to keep in mind that parking restrictions are in place to improve road safety by keeping junctions and sight lines clear. If motorists see this system as a means of fund raising then the important safety message is lost. Privately owned premises are beginning to use the system to monitor their car parks which may be an issue for driving instructors who are forced to use these to practice the bay parking manoeuvre.

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