New pay and display parking machines

Posted on: 17 March 2017

To coincide with the introduction of the new 12 sided £1 coin on 28 March 2017, Mid Devon District Council will be replacing the existing pay and display machines.

The 18 existing machines are due to be exchanged by 10 April. There will be an unavoidable period where the new £1 coin will be in circulation, but not all the new machines will be in place.  We will make sure all machines are clearly labelled where the new coin cannot be accepted.

The new machines represent a considerable investment by the Council; open air machines will be solar-powered and all machines will accept chip & pin and take contactless card payments. The Council will also continue to operate the Ringo system, which allows payment for parking using a mobile phone.

As the new machines are rolled-out, drivers wishing to pay by cash should be able to find another machine within the car park. For car parks with only one pay and display machine, parking will be free whilst the machine is being replaced; noting that time restrictions will still apply.  All the Council’s pay and display tariff boards will be updated with the new card payment option.  All payment options will be displayed with clear instructions guiding customers through the new process, which now includes entering the last 3 characters of their vehicle registration.

Jan Norman, Environmental and Enforcement Manager, said “We are very excited to see new pay and display machines being introduced to our car parks, the option to pay by card should help modernise our services and make paying for car parking easier and quicker for our customers.”

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