A message from Matt Cochrane our councillor :
As you may be aware we’ve been working hard to lessen the burden for those living in Bath to travel and park within the city. Of course public transport is the preferred option but, on July 30th, residents who are registered for council tax will be able to register for a 10% discount in almost all council run car parks and on street parking in Bath.
There is a handy video in the press release below showing how to set it up, and the App is easy and quick to use to pay for your parking.
“Bath &North East Somerset Council is changing the card payment pads on meters in Charlotte Street, Manvers Street, Avon Street and Kingsmead Square car parks.
Due to current Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security compliance standards the council is required to remove the existing chip and pin facility and replace it with contactless payment.
From Monday July 30 work will start to change the payment pads, which will take up to three days to complete. Once finished, it means there will be two meters in Avon Street which will accept cards (contactless), one in Manvers Street, one in Kingsmead Square and two in Charlotte Street. The remaining machines will still accept coins but not cards.
All updated machines will have cash and contactless card payments and because of an upgrade to the network the contactless payment transactions will be quicker using 3G which means they should be successful first time.
However the council is encouraging drivers to ditch cash and card and switch to the MiPermit app which means drivers can even pay for their parking before setting off or pay from the comfort of their own car when they pull into a space – avoiding having to queue at a meter.
On Monday July 30 residents with a MiPermit account will be able to add the Residents’ Parking Saver discount to their account. This means that residents will be ready to take advantage of the 10% reduction in daily parking charges when the new Residents’ Parking Saver discount is launched on 13th August. More information about the Residents’ Parking Saver discount is available at www.bathnes.gov.uk/residentsparkingsaver<http://tracking.vuelio.co.uk/tracking/click?d=OwCITtoTBYky2WaS4b3pIJQnGER3wiLMPWFW9i-pAgpUQEmpO4jljjzdj-SnggsJJZizdf_C7-pjC-Vv2iuyCmvzwsYMVNNDCgi4-YGN9HrVgJDXjYY-zhGGUJItmZ8Zt6mgwrRb8RuXMiwVL8UsAD01>.
MiPermit also allows drivers to top-up their parking, up to the maximum time available, if they think they are about to run out of time and risk a parking ticket. People using the app will see a 10p transaction charge, to cover administration costs. The fee is in line with most authorities and cheaper than others.
To help members of the public Bath & North East Somerset Council car park staff will be available from Thursday to Sunday during the peak times for card transactions in Avon Street and Charlotte Street car parks to help motorists if they have any payment issues and to show them how easy the MiPermit app is.
The changes mean chip and pin won’t be available in those four car parks until later in the year when the option will become available.”