Partnership modernises car park meters to allow card, cash and phone payments

A project to replace car parking meters with the facility to pay by card, cash and over the phone is nearing completion across the three councils that make up the Dorset Council’s Partnership. This provides a number of options for users of the car parks to enable a quick and easy way to pay for parking. The new machines are also solar-powered.

Cllr Colin Huckle, Weymouth & Portland’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and Infrastructure says: “We are delighted to be operating 33 modern car parking meters across the borough. We believe this will enable users to save time and allow them further options in how they wish to pay.”

The project in North Dorset is almost complete, with 19 out of 20 machines up and running.

Cllr Sherry Jespersen, North Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Regeneration, says: “Paying by contactless card is really quick and easy. And if you pay by phone, you will receive a notification when your time is running out. This means you can top up easily without having to return to your car.” 

West Dorset is currently in the process of modernising existing meters across the district to facilitate card payments.

 Cllr John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s Briefholder for Environmental Protection & Assets, says: “We are pleased to see the progress being made across the partnership. Our Parking team are working really hard to have West Dorset’s updated parking machines in place soon.”