Parking bay sensors

Instructions for app developers

The ParkRight API provides real time availability on over 3,000 parking spaces around the West End and static data on over 40,000 parking spaces across the City of Westminster.

Empower your app or web site with live parking sensor data. Find out more and apply for an API key.

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Instructions for utility companies

Should parking sensors need to be excavated during roadworks (eg utility works), the sensors will need to be carefully removed and returned to the council for re-instatement.

Download instructions to remove and return bay sensors (PDF, 448KB)

E-permit trial

New electronic permit technology which works with bay sensors is being trialled at 64 individually assigned ‘White Badge’ disabled bays in the city. Disabled permit holders display an e-permit in their car that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to verify the permit holder’s vehicle. If a vehicle without a permit parks in a White Badge bay, the sensor system sends an instant alert to our marshals who are be able to quickly attend site to free up access for the permit holder. 

The aim for the new technology, which is a first for the UK, is to provide a better customer service to our disabled permit holders by improving access to their bays. The trial will run to the end of February and is part-funded by Transport for London’s Future Streets Incubator.  

'One-click parking' trial

Westminster City Council's Parking Team has been working with Appy Parking and Vodafone to test a new parking application incorporating the sensor data and innovative technology to enable 'one-click parking' for customers, making it quicker to pay.

The Appy Parking app connects to an in-car sensor developed by Vodafone (plugged into the car’s diagnostics port), which detects when a vehicle’s engine starts and moves from a parked position.

Once parked, the app uses GPS data to determine the motorist’s location, and the customer starts a parking session.  When the customer needs to move on, the on-board technology recognises when the vehicle leaves the bay and automatically stops the parking session.

The Department for Transport has recognised the potential for the technology and has granted funding to further develop the concept.

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Last updated: 9 June 2016
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