Purdue implements new parking permit system

A new camera system on Purdue Parking vehicles allows enforcement officers to scan license plates on vehicles.

Posted: Sep. 5, 2018 5:50 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue Parking Services is using a new technology to get rid of the old parking permits.

A new camera system on Purdue Parking vehicles allows enforcement officers to scan license plates on vehicles.

The new system means students and staff no longer need a permit sticker in the windshield.

Students and staff can also register their vehicles and pay for a permit with the new system online, meaning no long lines to pay.

Sabra Moulton, the assistant director of Strategic Operations at Purdue, says the changes have made the process more efficient for everyone involved.

"Now all the enforcement officer has to do is just drive down the lane, but that's why we have to have the permit facing the drive lane. It just makes it easier, we're able to cover more of our lots and it takes less time," said Moulton.

If a driver parks with their license plate facing away from the drive lane they will receive a warning. After the first warning they will be ticketed for an improper display of your permit. This does not apply to people who are parallel parked.

Moulton said some gated garages on campus will get cameras that read license plates in December.

"Anybody that has a permit that is eligible to park in a gated garage, all they have to do is pull up, the camera will scan the license plate, the gate will open and off they go," said Moulton.

Since the new system has been implemented the number of warnings issued has gone down drastically from this time last year.

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