New Parking Machines in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Council to install 130 new parking machines for shoppers and visitors.
07:59 01 February 2020
Shoppers and visitors at Central Milton Keynes will soon have access to 130 new higher tech parking machines. The machines are designed to issue a receipt instead of a ticket and allow cashless payments through debit and credit cards.
Milton Keynes Council spent more than £1million on the high-tech machines to replace the old ones that are currently costing the council £10,000/month to maintain. The older machines, which have an average lifespan of between eight to 12 years, have been in use for more than 20 years. They often break down and their parts are becoming obsolete, making them more and more difficult and expensive to maintain.
The news about the new high-tech machines received mixed reaction on social media.
One user wrote: “Great for convenience. The issue I have though is the extortionate parking fees. People are driven to shop more and more online and it is killing our high streets.”
Another said: “They (MK Council) position this as being entirely for public benefit, making it easier etc (which it partly is) but it also allows them to stop people passing tickets amongst each other when they have time left. Makes them more money this way.”