One in five councils still using parking meters that don't take new £1 coin

And 23 councils are yet to convert a single machine to accept the new £1 coin...

car park

One in five UK councils is yet to convert all their parking ticket machines to accept the new £1 coin, leaving drivers liable to fines through no fault of their own.

A freedom of information investigation by the AA found that 74 of 340 councils (21.8 per cent) with responsibility for car parks and coin-operated ticket machines still won’t take the coin.

Even by next month 46 local authorities (13.5 per cent) will still be causing car park headaches.

• Drivers hit with "eye watering" fines from private parking firms

23 councils, including Basingstoke, Cheltenham, Wigan and Stroud, are yet to convert a single ticket machine. Lewes District Council in Sussex has no compatible machines and won’t have converted them in all its car parks until December, two months after the old £1 coin stops being legal tender on 15 October.

Some local authorities are suggesting that visitors set up payment with the council’s mobile phone cashless payment systems as an alternative.

AA president Edmund King said: “Problems with converting parking ticket machines to accept the new £1 coin are not the drivers’ fault. If councils are having difficulties because their contractors are under pressure, or because replacement machines, parts, or software have yet to be delivered, the driver shouldn’t be blamed.

“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. Either make the car parks free to use until the machines are converted or provide some kind of online means to pay the charge within a reasonable time – without having to waste time and often pay extra to sign up to cashless parking system that a holidaymaker may never use again.”

Have you been caught out by a parking machine that doesn't take the new £1 coin? Tell us your story in the comments section below...

Recommended

UK new car sales: weakest June since 1996
v5c document
News

UK new car sales: weakest June since 1996

UK new car registrations fell 24.3 per cent in June 2022 as supply issues continue
5 Jul 2022
Fuel protests hold up traffic in opposition to high prices
Traffic
News

Fuel protests hold up traffic in opposition to high prices

Rolling roadblocks cause congestion on motorways around the country as drivers protest the high cost of fuel
4 Jul 2022
Road Safety Investigations Branch announced by Department for Transport
Traffic officer Volvo XC90
News

Road Safety Investigations Branch announced by Department for Transport

A new independent body modelled on the Air, Marine and Rail Investigation Branches aims to cut UK road casualties
30 Jun 2022
Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022
Wind turbines
News

Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022

High energy prices are hurting car brands at a time when other costs are growing as a result of the switch to electric cars
28 Jun 2022

Most Popular

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review
Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga - both cars front tracking
Car group tests

Range Rover vs Bentley Bentayga: 2022 twin test review

All-new Range Rover takes on Bentley Bentayga in luxury SUV face-off
2 Jul 2022
Best car manufacturers 2022
Best car manufacturers header
News

Best car manufacturers 2022

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2022 Driver Power survey...
29 Jun 2022
How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you
Diesel pump
Tips & advice

How to find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you

Cheap fuel is hard to come by in the UK at the moment but there are ways that you can minimise what you pay for petrol and diesel
1 Jul 2022