Number plate restrictions have been brought back into effect at a recycling centre in Crewe on certain days of the week due to roadwork restrictions. The change has been made to ease traffic and demand at the site while the works are ongoing.
The new scheme has led to residents queuing for access to the recycling centre with some turned away for not having the correct licence plate.
A Cheshire East Council spokesperson said access will be based on the last number on a car’s number plate.
Those drivers whose reg plate ends with an even number will be given access to the site on some days while odd numbered drivers will be given access at other times.
A spokesperson said: “To help ease the traffic and the demand on the site, a vehicle number plate system will be reintroduced just for the Crewe site.
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“Drivers’ access to the site will be based on the last number on their vehicle registration plate on alternate days.
“Number plates where the last number is even such as 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be given access to the site on alternate days starting from Friday.
"Number plates on which the last number is odd - 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 - will be given access on alternate days from Saturday."
Number plate identification systems for access to recycling centres was introduced in May to limit the amount of people to maintain social distancing guidelines.
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The re-introduction of the number plate system just weeks after ending the scheme could suggest it will be brought back for localised issues in the future.
But the number plate systems were blamed for causing heavy traffic around sites as staff checked plates and informed many drivers to leave.
Stoke resident Nick Boothe said he was waiting for at least 20 minutes before he was let into a site back in May.
Despite his concerns, he praised the system which he claimed had helped reduce traffic levels within the site.
He said: “I wanted to come early because I knew there would be queues and I loaded the car last night in preparation.
“I think having odd and even numbers in on certain days is a good idea and I think it's helped to keep the number of people down here.”
Many councils axed the scheme in June but have instead asked for proof of address to ensure only residents are using the service.
Some sites have abandoned the restrictions but kept number plate technology in place to issue fines for those who are using the site from outside the area.
Some sites have kept cameras to detect non-residents using the centres
From August 1 non-Hampshire residents who wish to use the recycling centre will be charged £5.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed at the placed at the entrance to sites and will detect those coming from outside the area.
Drivers will need to register online before using the site. Those who fail to do so could be caught out by the cameras and told off by staff.
Councils across the UK have warned drivers they should only be using the recycling centre to clear essential waste only.
This is considered to be any material which cannot be stored at home without causing injury or harm.