New £1 coins will be rejected at more than 60 car park ticket machines in Mid Wales because they have not been adapted or replaced in time, it was revealed today.
Machines at council-owned pay and display car parks will not accept the new coin when it is introduced later this month.
Motorists are being told to either use the current coin or use alternative change.
They have been told that they face a fine if they do not pay up and that not being able to pay with the new £1 coin will not be an acceptable excuse.
The new 12-sided coin will come into circulation on March 28.
While Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin councils have spent thousands of pounds adapting ticket machines, Powys County Council today revealed it had yet to act.
There are 30 paying car parks in towns across Powys, both long and short stay, including those in Welshpool, Newtown, Knighton and Llanidloes.
Charges range from £1 for up to an hour for short stay car parks to £6.30 for overnight in the long stay parks.
Powys County Council says it plans to replace rather than adapt more than 60 ticket machines, which will be able accept the new £1 coin, before the old coin is phased out in October.
Councillor John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We took the decision not to upgrade the current machines to accept the new £1 coin because some of the machines are over 20 years old. It may not have been possible to upgrade them.”
“We are now waiting for delivery of the new machines but we will not have them in time or installed before the end of the month.
“We will be phasing the installation of the new ticket machines over the coming month but we want to warn motorists that the current machines will not accept the new £1 coin. Drivers should ensure they have either the current £1 coin or the right change. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Zoe Mortimer, Shropshire Council’s engineering and contracts manager for parking, said: “Shropshire Council have been working closely with the suppliers of our parking equipment to put the necessary software and equipment upgrades in place for the new 12-sided £1 coin.
“ We have had three out of our four suppliers’ machines changed already to accept the new £1 coin, and the machines of the fourth supplier will follow shortly.”
Telford & Wrekin Council spokeswoman Lois Winstanley said its machines were on target to be adapted ahead of March 28.
Arren Roberts assistant clerk for Oswestry Town Council said new software had to be installed for the pay and display machines at its town centre car parks, adding: “We are confident that the software will be in place by March 28.”Subscribe to our Newsletter