Cabinet set to approve solar powered parking machines

05/01/2021, PR-9774

​Wakefield Council's Cabinet are being asked to discuss plans to replace current pay and display parking machines across the district to an updated, more efficient, environmentally friendly option.

The Council's existing parking machines are coming to the end of their serviceable life and new machines will enable greater flexibility in payment options for customers, including cashless payment. The reduction in cash operated machines will also lower the risk of theft.

The improved technology these new machines provide will also enable opportunities for variable and free parking tariff options.

Providing greater flexibility in parking charges would support the Council to offer periods of free parking, as it has done during the coronavirus pandemic, to support retail, leisure and other businesses.

The new solar powered car parking machines will also reduce energy costs and help meet the Council's climate neutral ambition.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: "Most of the current parking machines are at the end of their useful life and will only cost us more to maintain as they get older.

"They also only offer the option to pay by cash and we know that contactless payments are now much more convenient for many people and, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, help to reduce the risk of cross contamination.

"The new technology that could be provided by these machines will also offer us greater flexibility over programming tariffs and the option to offer free parking as well as helping to achieve our aim of becoming a carbon neutral organisation by 2030."

Free parking is currently available in all Council car parks and on-street parking areas until 31 March 2021.

Members of Wakefield's Cabinet are meeting virtually on Tuesday 12 January at 10.30am. The meeting can be watched live or later on the Council's website.