As of this week, drivers paying to park in Angus car parks no longer have to key in their vehicle registration numbers.
Engineers have re-programmed all 40 payment meters across the county in a move that will simplify and speed up the payment process.
Communities vice-convener, Cllr Tommy Stewart said: “We recognised that having to put in a registration number was slowing the payment process down and was proving frustrating for drivers. By removing this step, we can make it easier to park in our off-street car parks.”
Meters in short-stay car parks have also been adjusted to reflect the extension from two to four hour stays – which was again in response to user feedback. Signage within the nine short stay car parks will be altered to reflect this change as soon as possible. The no return within two hours policy remains.
Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “It’s a common sense approach that again demonstrates that we are listening to people’s views when it comes to enhancing the Pay to Park service. Given we charge just £1 an hour up to a maximum of four hours in all other car parks, it makes sense to give drivers the opportunity to do the same in our short stay car parks.”
On 20 June Full Council agreed recommendations put forward by a Member Officers Working Group to install 14 coin-operated meters in nearly half of the off-street car parks in Angus. This came in response to public demand, highlighted in a survey that showed almost two thirds of respondents would use the car parks more frequently if they could use coins.
Coin-operated machines will be installed at four off-street car parks in Arbroath and two in each of Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose. Plans give consideration to cost, location, whether the car park is short or long stay, how frequently it is used, its proximity to the high street, and impact on tourism.
Parking permits are also available for off-street parking including the monthly permit, which at a cost of £21.67 makes significant savings for driver, equating to a daily parking charge of just 85 pence per day (based on parking six days per week).