Labour back down and agree to fit card reader payment option by “early autumn”
The Council will fit a credit/Charge car payment option at the new Marygate pay on exit machines.
Although they blame a “national issue with chip and pin devices” the reality is that the Council forgot to include the option in the original design specification.
The new system should not have been brought into service until a choice of payment options was available.
Card payments can be made at other City centre car parks like Piccadilly.
NB. Only about 1000 of the new £20 Minster badges have been sold so far.
Each of York’s 80,000 households is entitled to a badge which replaces the current free badge which was issued when the LibDems were in control of the Council.
There are around 30,000 active Minster Badges currently in use in the City.
From September, anyone without a badge will have to pay the full rate to park during the day and will also lose the right to free evening parking.