Parking meters not ready for new £1 coin
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.