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Parking barriers at airports....

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by newbiecrg, May 26, 2008.

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    [May 26, 2008]
    Hi guys this is really a silly question but do you know hoe those barriers on the airport short stay parks work?

    They go up once you take the ticket but what really controls them to close?

    I am asking as my car is a left hand drive I will have to get out of the car to collect the ticket... I don't want the barrier to hit my car just because I would take longer to get through it...

    Thanks for the help
    Pedro
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    [May 26, 2008]
    there's an infrared beam the detects when a car has passed through it and then closes the barrier. It is normally on the button side and comes out horizontally.

    If you follow somebody through it quickly and it starts to come down it will actually go back up if you break the beam before it gets all the way down. Don't know if it is a safety feature, or in case you have a trailer\caravan.
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    [May 26, 2008]
    and there was me thinking there were little magic people inside the yellow box :)
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    good stuff. so I should be fine...
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    [May 26, 2008]
    left hand drives no problem as they stay up until you pass over the inductive loop in the ground after the barrier, i had a silly problem at Bristol airport last year paid on line so you need to use the payment card you used on line to open the barrier then it wont give it back until the barrier closes straight to the person in the car behind ,good system that mine got spat out on the floor infront of the next car

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    [May 26, 2008]
    That was the case, but they've outsourced it to a call centre in India now.
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    [May 27, 2008]
    ...along with all the IT.
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    [May 28, 2008]
    My ex never had problems with any parking barriers and she had her LHD Punto over here for 4+ years. Obviously being in a Punto, it being a tad slimmer than an A3/S3, she could just get as close to the ticket/button thing as possible and then lean over, stretching her arm out of the passenger side window. Not once had she ever had a problem with a barrier coming down before she'd had chance to settle back into a normal driving position... and then make sure her hair was still 'right'!
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