Changes to pay and display payment options

From 1st January 2012, changes to the width of 5p and 10p coins will affect payment options for all Pay and Display parking ticket machines throughout the city.

The Treasury has introduced the new coinage as the cost of the copper used in existing coinage has risen. The new nickel-plated stainless steel coins are marginally thicker than the old version and will no longer be compatible with the city's 1200 parking ticket machines.

The Council carried out a review of the costs involved in updating the city's stock of ticket machines and reached the conclusion that, at a figure of £360,000, this option is too costly.

As a result, ticket machines will cease to accept 5p and 10p coins from January 2012. The smallest coin now accepted will be 20p.

However the price of parking per hour will remain the same.

Councillor Gordon Mackenzie, Transport Convenor, said: "The price of parking per hour will remain the same but paying £360,000 to change all our machines made no sense. I recognise the inconvenience this may cause, but in the circumstances it's the better option for drivers and taxpayers in general."

Drivers can also pay for parking without coins using RingGo cashless parking. All that is required is a debit/credit card and a mobile phone or PC.

Register for RingGo cashless parking.

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