Driver given park­ing ticket af­ter me­ter re­jects new £1

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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