Smartcards will help to relieve city congestion

Smartcards will help to relieve city congestion
Melanie Reynolds Smartcards could be the answer to achieving the congestion-free city of the future. The suggestion was made by Paul Henry, head of intermodal transport at IT services group Sema, during a workshop on urban clear zones. Henry believes that citizen smartcards are the ‘electronic access keys’ to achieving clear zones, defined as urban areas where the problems of transport pollution and congestion are eliminated by the use of technology. The citizen smartcards would be used to restrict parking access and also give access to local authority leisure centres. They could also form the basis of city-wide loyalty schemes to encourage shoppers to use stores situated in the clear zones. The workshop was hosted by the government’s Foresight initiative and ITS Focus, the UK’s voice on transport telematics. ITS Focus’ Enforcement Interest Group is also campaigning for money from traffic violation fines to be ploughed back into technologies such as automatic number plate recognition.


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