5th January 2018
The arrival of the new Great British £1 coin had Car Park's up and down the country scrambling to get ahead of it's arrival in March 2017, with a deadline of mid-October before it would be accepted as the "standard" tender.
The announcement was mired in chaos as some councils were not planning to update their machines for up to five months until February (the date when it will be compulsory for them to undergo annual maintenance, the British Parking Association said).
It was predicted that this could result in nearly 200,000 extra parking fines issued over the period, or around 1,200 a day. Some 9 million parking fines are issued every year, according to BPA data.
The parking industry as a whole was widely criticized for adapting quicker to the news of the new £1 coins and here at InaParc we noticed exactly this. Some manufacturers were very slow to react, with some even refusing to issue us with new validators for existing customers.
As resourceful as ever we found a way and although it may have taken a little longer than we'd have liked. All of our customers were back up and running within no time.