One in five UK council car parks still don’t accept new £1 coin

Written by Ellie

More than a fifth of UK councils still haven’t converted all their parking ticket machines to accept the new £1 coin.

A Freedom of Information request by the AA found that motorists heading to rural areas in Devon, Wales, Scotland and Oxfordshire were most likely to be caught out by outdated parking machines.

Of the 340 councils that responded to the FOI request, 74 of them (21.8 per cent) hadn’t updated all their machines to accept the new £1 coin that came into circulation in March.

From October 15th, the old £1 coin will no longer be accepted as legal tender, and as of July, areas that hadn’t converted any parking machines included Powys, Forest of Dean, Swansea and Haringey, while Salford, Hammersmith & Fulham and Oxfordshire all had single-figure conversion percentages.

Motorists can get around the problem by using the relevant council’s mobile phone cashless payment system, but AA president Edmund King says the problem is not for drivers to solve.

“If the machines are unfit for purpose because they can’t take the legal tender for a parking charge at £1.60 or £3.60, that’s the councils’ problem,” he commented, suggesting that councils make their car parks free to use until they can accept the new £1 coin.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “Mobile payment systems are becoming more and more common, but not everyone has taken this technological step yet. Therefore, it’s crazy to think that some motorists risk being hit with a fine due to the shortcomings of the local authority.”

Posted on 31st July 2017

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