Park­ing me­ters not ready for new £1 coin

The Oban Times - - News -

DRIV­ERS won’t be able to use the new £1 coin in Fort Wil­liam or Skye park­ing me­ters for the next three months.

It came to the at­ten­tion of the Lochaber Times last Thurs­day, April 6, that the park­ing me­ters in High­land Coun­cil car parks in Fort Wil­liam are not ac­cept­ing the new 12-sided £1 coins af­ter a mem­ber of staff helped a lady try­ing to buy a ticket for the View­forth car park by ex­chang­ing an old £1 for her new one. As it was be­fore 9am, the car park was fairly empty and most nearby shops would not have been open or able to help.

The Lochaber Times asked the High­land Coun­cil if this is­sue had been taken into con­sid­er­a­tion and, if not, why not and what were they do­ing to fix it? A spokesper­son said: ‘High­land Coun­cil park­ing me­ters will ac­cept new £1 coins with the ex­cep­tion of me­ters in Fort Wil­liam and Skye where new up­graded ma­chines are re­quired.

‘These have been or­dered but will take at least three months for de­liv­ery and in­stal­la­tion.’

The new 12-sided coins came into cir­cu­la­tion on March 28 to re­place the round coins be­cause of its vul­ner­a­bil­ity to so­phis­ti­cated coun­ter­feit­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the Royal Mint, ap­prox­i­mately one in 30 £1s in cir­cu­la­tion was a fake.

Peo­ple who have round £1s are be­ing en­cour­aged to bank, spend or ex­hange them at Post Of­fices. From Oc­to­ber 16, 2017, busi­nesses are un­der no obli­ga­tion to ac­cept the round coins and should no longer dis­trib­ute them.

It will be three months be­fore these ma­chines ac­cept the new £1 coins.

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