Cashless parking as old "take a ticket" systems thrown out in Gloucester
KEEP some change in your pocket when visiting Gloucester because parking in the city centre will change to pay and display today.
New machines are being installed in the King's Walk and Eastgate Shopping Centre multi-storeys. Drivers will now have to pay when they arrive or use a 'cashless' service by setting up an account and calling a payment line.
Concerns have been raised that some people may struggle with the new system.
Gloucester City Council said tariffs will remain the same but it is bringing in the change as part of "cost saving" measures. The new machines, signs, barriers, electrical works and parking orders are costing £54,000.
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However, it is estimated the car parks will generate £60,000 more income per year.
Leader of Gloucester City Council, and cabinet member for regeneration councillor, Paul James said: "The operating and installing of pay and display machines is much cheaper than replacing the pay on exit systems, so the new arrangements are providing better value for money for the council tax payer."
Julian Smith, manager at Cotter's Bar, in Northgate Street, said: "The thing is the 'blue rinsers' might find it difficult. The younger generation will take to it like a duck to water no doubt, but I think the older generation might struggle."
Paul Evans, from Quedgeley, said: "It might even encourage more people to come into the centre."