Council reminds customers that only new £1 coins are valid when purchasing a pay and display parking ticket
Following a six-month transitional period (when both old £1 and new £1 coins could be used), East Devon District Council’s pay and display car parking ticket machines now only accept the new £1 coins.
Notices have been placed on all East Devon’s ticket machines reminding customers that the old £1 will no longer be accepted when making a ticket purchase.
When the new £1 coin was introduced earlier this year, East Devon District Council’s car parks team were already well prepared, having invested £5,900 in new coin mechanisms for the majority of its ticket machines prior to 28 March 2017 – the actual date of introduction.
However, although some companies and other local authorities had to stop accepting the old £1 coins earlier this year, East Devon calibrated its machines to accept both coins, right through the summer until the beginning of October in preparation for the old £1 coins ceasing to be legal tender on the 15 October.
We are proud of our car parks here in East Devon and we know how important they are for our communities, our local businesses and our visitors. The £1 coin is by far and away the most popular coin used by our customers and I am delighted to say that our staff planned ahead and offered a seamless six-month transition period between the old and new coins. The new coin is welcome because of the number of counterfeit old coins that were in circulation and while £5,900 was a significant investment, it was a necessary business decision and the calm and efficient way in which the team managed the transition behind the scenes cannot be faulted.