Manchester is set to be at the forefront of a parking revolution after being selected as one of four areas which will see new national parking data standards were revealed.
The Government has announced that Data on parking spaces across the UK is set to be standardised, in the hope that it will make finding and paying for parking easier.
The ambition is for all parking data released by local councils and companies across the country to use the same language, supporting the development of apps to make parking easier for drivers.
Created by the Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) and funded by the Department for Transport, the standardised data could lead to smoother and easier payment methods right across the country and could transform the way we park as the Oyster card transformed the way we travel in London.
The announcement follows the publication of the government’s Future of mobility: urban strategy, and is a world-first for parking.
By helping to streamline the parking experience and making it easier for drivers to find a suitable parking place, the standards could ultimately free up crucial space, easing congested cities and boosting British high streets.
Manchester City Council along with Oxfordshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and across a consortium of South Essex Councils will receive a share of £1 million to start putting the APDSstandards into practice, with a further seven projects being commissioned to identify ways to open up local authority data.