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29/11/2013 12:00 a.m.
Friday 29 November 2013
From Monday residents will be using the new pay and display parking meters on East Street in Ashburton.
Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says the pay and display units will make life easier for residents parking on East Street.
"The new machines will take both cash and credit card payment which is great for people who don’t have coins with them," he said.
Mr Catchpowle says the new machines are easy to use and have clear instructions on them to guide users through the process.
"We understand it can take a little time to get to grips with something new and we will be taking an education type approach over the next few weeks to ensure people are used to the new machines," said Mr Catchpowle.
Motorists need to ensure they display their parking receipt clearly on the dashboard as failing to display a valid parking receipt will incur a $40 fine.
"Motorists chancing their luck and not buying a parking receipt thinking they only plan to be away from their car for a few minutes may get a bit of a shock," he said.
Monday will also see parking fees in the Ashburton town centre move from 60 cents an hour to $1 an hour in the central town area and from 40 cents an hour to 60 cents an hour around the outer area.
Council approved the increased parking charges in June but asked that the increase be held off until the new East Street machines were installed.
Mr Catchpowle says the parking meters throughout the rest of the downtown area will be recalibrated to the new charges over the next few days.
The old machines will be decommissioned by Monday with the meters taken out to be used as spares for the remaining meters.