Ma­jor­ity of new park­ing me­ters ac­cept­ing cards

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

JUST over half of the new Pay and Dis­play ticket ma­chines in­stalled around the town ac­cept credit and debit cards.

The 34 new ma­chines which take cards brought in ¤122,000 in Novem­ber, a 5 per cent in­crease on the same month in 2017.

Just 6 per cent of that amount was paid by card, re­veal­ing that the vast ma­jor­ity of mo­torists still pay for park­ing with coins.

Sinn Féin Coun­cil­lor Chris MacManus had asked the Coun­cil at last Mon­day’s meet­ing of Sligo Mu­nic­i­pal District how many of the new park­ing me­ters in the town did not ac­cept cards such as tap and chip and pin etc.

Head of Fi­nance Marie Whe­lan told Cllr MacManus that 60 new Pay and Dis­play ma­chines were in­stalled last Oc­to­ber.

“92 per cent of an­nual park­ing rev­enue is gen­er­ated at these 34 lo­ca­tions mean­ing that the vast ma­jor­ity of trans­ac­tions are catered for by a car pay­ment op­tion,” she told the meet­ing.

She said it would be too ex­pen­sive to in­stall card pay­ment fa­cil­i­ties at the other 26 ma­chines be­cause they are at qui­eter lo­ca­tions and bring in only 8 per cent of the rev­enue.

Cllr Hubert Keaney said he re­luc­tantly brought up the is­sue of Park­ing Tag pay­ment op­tions (pay by text/phone/on­line) as two con­stituents felt they had paid this way but were tick­eted.

Marie Whe­lan ac­cepted there were “tech­ni­cal prob­lems” they were look­ing at.

Cllr Keaney also said there were “sen­si­tiv­i­ties” around the promi­nence of the traf­fic war­dens around town: “We don’t want to give the im­pres­sion we’re pounc­ing on peo­ple. There are sen­si­tiv­i­ties we need to be aware of,” he added.

Park­ing me­ters.

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