People power drives Scottish towns back to coin-operated parking meters

calendar iconOct 7, 2019

On Monday, October 7th, 2019, a Scottish council announced a coin-operated parking meter comeback driven by people power and fueled by solar power.

The U-turn from cashless parking comes after the Angus Council of Scotland led an investigation into parking preferences, which resulted in proof of wide support for cash-friendly roads. Of the 2000 survey respondents, 75% favor the introduction of coin-operated machines, while 2 in 3 drivers said they would be more likely to use those parking spaces more if they accepted cash.

Non-cash parking was introduced by the council in June 2018 as part of a cashless initiative to digitalize the Scottish towns by 2020. Leading by example, the once cashless-bound council has stopped, asked for directions and found itself back on track on their way to upholding the will of the people by bringing back cash-friendly parking.

The demand of the people isn't the only thing powering the return of these resilient cash-operated parking machines. They are also solar-powered!

"...We have listened and added to the range of payment options for parking in Angus by installing coin-operated meters."
"Councillor Mark SalmondCommunities ConvenerAngus Council, Scotland

Excerpt from Angus Council

The following off-road car parks with new solar-powered coin-operated parking meters can now be found in:

  • Arbroath: Ladybridge St, Millgate, North Grimsby, West Abbey Street, Shore,
  • Brechin: Church Street, Maisondieu Lane West
  • Carnoustie: High Street, Links Avenue
  • Forfar: Myre, East Greens
  • Kirriemuir: Bellies Brae, Reform Street
  • Montrose: Baltic Street, and Murray Lane.

Where they have been installed takes account of cost, location, whether the car park is short or long stay and how frequently it is used, as well as how close it is to the high street and any impact on tourism.

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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2019