In a new pay and display parking venture, the University of Stirling has installed 21 solar-powered Metric Elites for 16 surface car parks, providing approximately 1,700 spaces.
The age and poor condition of existing barrier equipment, and a need to both improve and streamline the management of car parking administration and enforcement, were the drivers for the University’s decision to review their car parking and commission a consultancy to produce a report together with recommendations and a travel plan.
Staff and students now have a number of payment options including a £130 per year permit or a discounted ‘pay as you go’ permit. For members of the public there is a tariff of rates varying from 50p to £3 per day. Charging for parking applies between 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday, during academic semesters.
Nine of the 21 Elite machines have debit/credit card functionality, the remainder are cash only. One of the machines is installed in a car park that serves the medical centre where payment for parking is free with a token.
The University of Stirling’s system includes Metric’s Web-Based ASLAN Back Office, as well as a tariff editor.
Tony Kopsch, Head of Facilities at the University, commented: "Whilst still early days, the introduction of the Metric Elites has been relatively problem-free and has enabled the University to provide car park users more flexible methods of paying for car parking."