Driver given parking ticket after meter rejects new £1
A READER has written to The
Oban Times after receiving a parking ticket after she tried to pay with the new £1 coins.
She even left a note on the dashboard of her car, with the coins, explaining the situation.
Mary Brown said: ‘I got a ticket today as I couldn’t get the machine to accept my two £1 coins, so I left a note explaining with my two coins visible on the dashboard to show that I had tried to pay, and still a hard-hearted warden gave me a ticket.
‘I think the council are committing an offence in taking money from people in parking fines, when they don’t provide them with the means to pay for the ticket in the first place.
‘I will see what the response is from Kilmory as I wrote to object and explain. But they should not have meters that don’t take the currency of the country.’
A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: ‘ We have installed a number of new parking meters which are compatible with the new coins.
‘Approximately 60 older-style meters across the council area are also having their software updated to allow them to accept the new £1 coins.
‘This process is ongoing and will be complete by the time the old-style coins are phased out in October.
‘Machines continue to accept other coins, including £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p.’