New pay and display services for car parks

Market Street car park in Ellon
Market Street car park in Ellon

Moves are under way to improve pay and display services in car parks throughout the North-east.

It follows the successful introduction of new tariffs by Aberdeenshire Council

The new system offers an initial free period of parking in most towns in the area, with the length of time dependent on the car park.

The initiative was introduced to stimulate trade for local shops and businesses.

The council embarked on an extensive consultation exercise holding meetings throughout the area before bringing in the new system.

Its aim was to match supply and demand for car parking while facilitating economic activity in town centres.

As part of the new scheme, motorists must type their vehicle registration number into the ticket machine.

Drivers must do this and display a ticket, even if they intend to be within the free parking time limit.

Visitors are able to extend their parking after the free period by then purchasing a paid for ticket.

The council says the demand for parking in Aberdeenshire town centres needs to be carefully handled with the introduction of free periods of parking.

Officials point out that asking motorists to provide their vehicle registration number allows more efficient management of the situation.

A number of new services in off street car parks will be rolled out over the coming months to help the public get used to the new pay and display system.

The council’s transportation service will upgrade 23 old pay and display machines with new machines, offer cashless and over the phone payment options, and ensure that during peak times there are car park attendants on hand to help with any

problems.

Head of transportation Ewan Wallace said: “The implementation of the new charging scheme was introduced to help local high streets and was the result of lengthy consultation with local residents, community councils, business associations and

elected members.

“With any change in habit, there are often short term issues as individuals become familiar with the new system.

“I am confident that the additional car park services will help residents pay and display more quickly and overcome any teething problems.”

For more information on Aberdeenshire Council’s Off Street Car Park tariff system visit: http://bit.ly/1ynGy0U