HC Deb 11 February 1958 vol 582 cc40-1W
114. Mr. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he has studied the simple cardboard device, called disque de contrôle de stationnement, used in Paris for regulating the parking of vehicles, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Hastings; and whether he is yet able to make a statement regarding the relative efficiency of this scheme in comparison with that of parking meters.

Mr. Watkinson

I have now received a detailed report by Mr. Alex Samuels and a small group of experts who at my request recently studied the parking control disc system in Paris. I agree with their opinion that as a method of parking control for use in our own conditions, and particularly in London, it would be less efficient than parking meters.

The disc system does nothing to control where parking may take place, nor, since it makes no direct charge for parking, does it do anything to regulate the demand. The system is more readily evaded, and it is estimated that it would take three times as many people to enforce adequately compared with meters.

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