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ACS Expands its Parking Services with


Acquisition of Spur Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) announced it


has acquired Spur Information Solutions (Spur), one of the United Kingdom’s leading providers of computer software used for parking enforcement. The acquisition strengthens ACS’ broad portfolio of services that support the transporta- tion industry. “The acquisition of Spur complements our business by


giving us the ability to sell low cost, highly adaptable parking services that better meet the needs of all size cities across the globe,” said DaveAmoriell, group president, Transportation Solutions Group. Spur’s core software helps governments implement and


enforce local parking codes across a municipality. This includes processing parking notices and permits to collecting evidence of violations via handheld devices. Parking enforce- ment officers are able to wirelessly transmit information including GPS coordinates and digital images of license plates as well as access real-time data to ensure fast and accu- rate enforcement. “As part ofACS, we’ll now be able to expand globally


and broaden our services so that municipalities of all sizes can focus on providing the key services that their citizens expect,” said David Mitchell, director of operations, Spur Information Solutions.


Americans Increasingly ‘Under Drive’ Their


Vehicles Along with dropping gas prices and a lower highway traffic


incident report, more evidence mounts that Americans are driving less compared with two or even five years ago. LeaseTrader.com says people are driving fewer miles on their car leases today com- pared with just a few years ago when the average American was thirsty for driving. Roughly one third of all vehicles listed on the LeaseTrader.com


online marketplace so far in 2010 are considered “under driven,” where vehicle owners average less miles driven compared with what their lease contract allows. This represents almost double the volume of under-driven vehicle listings in a typical year. Vehicle lease contracts stipulate drivers only use a certain number


of miles each year, such as 10,000 or 12,000 miles, or face extra charges at the end of the contract if more miles have been used. The slow economy and high unemployment have translated into fewer miles driven on vehicle leases that ultimately enter the LeaseTrad- er.commarketplace.As vehicles sit idle in driveways,more consumers feel it best to escape the contract rather than continuemaking the pay- ment.More households than normal have downsized on total number of vehicles, where familymembers now share one or two family cars. Industry experts believe gas prices nationwide could drop


between 10 percent and 20 percent in the near future as refiners begin making less expensive winter gasoline tomeet lower demand.


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