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Parking charges frozen and new app for council car parks

News release issued:

A new cashless parking app is being introduced in all Wyre Forest District Council owned car parks from Saturday 1 April.

The MiPermit app will be available in all the authority’s pay and display car parks, replacing the JustParking app.

MiPermit is already being used by other councils in Worcestershire. Using the app means motorists do not need change to buy a ticket. They can also extend the parking time without having to return to their vehicle. It costs 10p per transaction which is added to the parking charge. There is no top up fee when someone wants to pay for extra time. Motorists can also pay 10p for a text reminder of when their parking is due to run out. Parking can be paid for up to 7 days in advance.

To help drivers there will be posters in the car parks explaining how to pay, using a number unique to each car park. The MiPermit app is an additional payment method and motorists can still pay with coins apart from in Bateman’s Yard in Kidderminster where only card or the app are currently accepted. Payments for season tickets will also be processed on MiPermit. Details of how this can be done will be available on our season ticket webpage.

Parking charges are not changing but two new tariffs are being introduced. There will be a handy 30-minute rate which is being introduced on Saturday 1 April. There is also going to be an overnight parking charge. This will be introduced in long stay car parks from Saturday 1 April and in short stay car parks from Friday 14 April.

Steve Brant, Head of Community and Environment Services said:

"Parking apps make it really easy for people who don’t have the correct change to pay for their parking. Many people are now opting to use them as they are so convenient. With MiPermit you can top up your payment and extend your stay without going back to your car.

Parking charges and season ticket prices are being frozen and a new half an hour rate at 70p and also a £2 ticket for parking between 6pm and 8am are being introduced.”

He added:

“As we get ready for the tourist season we have also been looking at our coach parking provision. We have pre-bookable spaces at Stourport Severn Meadows and we have made it easier for coach companies to access these. We also have an arrangement with West Midlands Safari Park which means coach drivers can park their vehicles there after dropping their passengers off.”

The easy-to-use MiPermit app is free and available from app stores. Users who don’t have a smartphone can book their parking by calling, by text or by paying online in advance. Visit the MiPermit website.

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