New payment method now an option in Uttlesford car parks

Customers using some of Uttlesford District Council's car parks can now choose contactless payment following the launch of a trial period of new pay and display machines.

Customers using some of Uttlesford District Council's car parks can now choose contactless payment following the launch of a trial period of new pay and display machines.

Unfortunately, car park ticket machines have been targeted in a recent spate of vandalism and theft across the district, resulting in thousands of pounds in cash stolen and which would cost the council thousands more in repairing the damages. A trial of machines that no longer take cash has been launched for the next three months as part of an improvement programme to the council's car parks which includes enhanced lighting, the installation of electric vehicle charging points and other works.

The machines, which have been installed in the car parks most affected, will offer debit/credit card payments payment for the first time, including a contactless option. Customers can also still choose to use the cashless MiPermit service either online, by text or by phone - more information can be found at www.mipermit.com .

Cllr Richard Freeman, Portfolio Holder for Council and Public Services, said: "With the recent vandalism and anti-social behaviour to the ticket machines, we have needed to consider options for the future viability of our car parks.

"Contactless payment methods have become commonplace over the last 18 months or so, and we believe that offering a more modern and convenient way to pay will encourage more people to visit our town centres, therefore supporting our local businesses and economy."

The new car parking payment arrangements will be reviewed following a three-month trial. The council will be taking customer and business feedback into consideration before making a decision on whether to roll out the scheme across all of its car parks.

In the meantime, the car parking payment machines in the council's other display car parks and on-street parking bays will continue to accept cash unless they are subjected to vandalism and theft..

Further information about parking in the district can be found on the council's website, at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/parking .

27 September 2021

 

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