Council accused of profiting from faulty parking ticket machines in Blackburn (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Council accused of profiting from faulty parking ticket machines in Blackburn
DRIVERS have accused council bosses of making extra money from parking fees due to faulty payment machines.
Several parking machines in Blackburn town centre do not accept smaller denomination coins on occasions.
This is forcing motorists to pay over the odds for their parking tickets.
William Windle, 54, from Fenniscowles, said he regularly had problems with the machines.
He used a machine on Darwen Street last week, which he said would not accept his five pence or 10 pence coins, forcing him to pay extra to park, as the machines do not give change.
He said he reported the problem to the council, and described its failure to fix the machines as ‘a little bit fraudulent’.
He said, when he rang, he was told the council was aware that some of the machines ‘sometimes have problems’. Mr Windle said: “I think they’ve got a bit of a cheek.
“They give everybody fines when the parking machines are not working properly.
“You try to put any less than 50p in and you will struggle. It will reject it.
“Sometimes you just want to park up for 30 minutes while you’re nipping to the bank.
“And you have to put more money in than you need to.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council vowed to monitor the issue, and they have asked residents to report faulty machines.
The executive member for regeneration, Coun Maureen Bateson said: “The majority of pay and display machines around the town centre do accept a range of coins all the way down to 5p pieces.
“It has been noted that some of the machines may not accept some of the newer coins that are in circulation and this is being monitored.
“I would then encourage anyone who experiences issues with the parking machines to contact the parking services on the number 0845 605 5589.”
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