Pay and Display car parks are particularly vulnerable to fraud. Motorists fail to purchase a ticket and park for free, or outstay the value of the ticket, or pass an unexpired ticket to another driver. The public generally prefers the swiftness of a Pay and Display car park, perceiving that access and parking are quicker without barrier-control. All types of parking involve the collection and handling of substantial amounts of cash. Fraud in many town center car parks can be substantial because of the high level of turnover. The main fraud risks are theft of takings with and without manipulation of records, recycling of tickets and inadequate control of tickets and security keys.
Barrier free parking enables the car park owner or operator to monitor and charge the correct payments by installing ANPR Camera (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), eliminating the need for conventional barriers. As the vehicle enters the car park, its number plate is read and logged via carefully sited ANPR Camera's (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). On the rare occasion where the number plate is not read by the first ANPR Cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) it will be picked up by additional ANPR Cameras (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) strategically sited within the car park.