A greener approach to tackling illegal parking

Published: 27 June 2018

The council’s parking team has partnered with international parking providers Indigo to offer a more sustainable and technically advanced parking enforcement programme.

The team joined forces with Indigo this month under a five-year contract, which will see them roll out a number of new initiatives, including the use of innovative new equipment and environmentally friendly vehicles.

Tying in with the council’s Low Emission Strategy, which is focused on significantly increasing the use of electric vehicles in the borough, parking enforcement officers will be equipped with electric bikes and electric cars.

Other features under the partnership include body worn cameras, smartphone issuing machines, a virtual permit scheme for residents with resident-only parking permits, and soon to be upgraded pay and display machines.

In addition, the revamped programme will incorporate extended enforcement hours, with officers patrolling on Sundays; bus lane enforcement and additional security in the Herschel and Hatfield multi-storey car parks.

The move to a greener approach aims to reduce the department’s environmental impact, while increasing safety across Slough for staff and the public, improving the customer experience and boosting organisational efficiency through the use of real-time reporting.

Kam Hothi, team leader for the council’s parking team, said: “Slough is undergoing a huge programme of regeneration and network management is a fundamental part of this; so we are delighted to be partnering with Indigo in this ambitious project.

“It made perfect sense that our contract embraced an environmentally friendly approach, in line with the council’s Low Emission Strategy.”

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, added: “Slough is in a unique position to drive the change to electric motoring and we are leading by example, equipping our parking team with the vehicles they need while doing our part to adopt more sustainable modes of transport.

“We are committed to improving air quality in Slough, and in turn improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.”