Parking Sensors

Parking sensors  

Over the next few weeks you will see some activity on street as parking sensors are installed around the city.

A parking sensor is a small electronic device installed in the ground of each parking bay. It detects and records the time a vehicle arrives and departs in a parking space. The sensors will help motorists find safe, legal pay and display parking more easily through a free to use App which is compatible with all types of smart phone.

The sensors will also be installed in some limited waiting spaces in areas of high demand such as local shopping areas outside the city centre and bay areas. This will help to ensure that a proper turnover of spaces is achieved, which will support local business, by helping their customers find a place to park quickly and easily.

How parking sensors work

The sensors are very accurate and record the exact time a vehicle enters and leaves a parking space. The sensors are synchronised through a central server. The system also provides information to the city’s Civil Enforcement Officers. 

What will happen?

The first step will be to install the ‘SmartSpots’ on some lighting columns, and the second step will be to install the sensors in the parking spaces themselves.

This means that some parking spaces will be unavailable for a short period of time each day – but it will be clear where these are and we will keep disruption to a minimum.

Parking spaces will be released on a rolling basis as soon as the work is completed – so as soon as we’ve finished you can use the spaces.

There will be three phases for the installation, starting in March and lasting for about 12 weeks in total.

The following maps show where each phase will take place, and a more specific list of streets affected can be found below:

Once the new system has been tested in each parking area it will be ready to use and you’ll be able to see the live parking information on the App. 

Cardiff Council undertook a small scale pilot of the technology last year so you can already download the ‘SmartApp’ Application to see how it works.