New enforcement methods at the Luxford car park, Uckfield, has seen a surge in the number of drivers being fined.
Figures obtained by Uckfield News.com show:
146 drivers fined for over-staying in the 10-hour stay section of the car park
262 drivers fined for over-staying in the the three-hour stay area.
Last October, to coincide with the opening of the new car station car park, parking time limits have been enforced on the Luxford Field car parks by automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR).
The car park is operated by Wealden District Council which began the new enforcement regime by sending warning letters to drivers.
A total of 94 have been issued since the cameras went live for 10-hour car park (the north car park area, closes to Holy Cross Church) and 120 relating to the shoppers’ car park to the south.
In the same period last year, the council issued 115 fines – officially known as excess charge notices (ECN) – when enforcement was by parking wardens, who covered the whole district.
Drivers must pay £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.
The council said it believed the ANPR cameras were proving effective in identifying “infringements of the stay periods”.
The split in hours for the car park was introduced after Network Rail built a car park for commuters, opposite the station.
Wealden said the medium stay and short stay arrangements at Luxford Field car park enabled “workers to park and shoppers to shop, encouraging the town to prosper”.
Money raised from the fines goes towards paying for the upkeep car parks, which run at a loss.
There are 112 short-stay spaces at the Luxford Field car park and 175 10-hour spaces.
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