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Perth & Kinross extends contactless payment for parking

Perth & Kinross Council suspended car parking charges during lockdown in order to help key workers who could no longer access public transport to travel to work, and to reduce the need for people to handle cash. Now that restrictions are lifting and streets are getting busier, charges will be reintroduced from 1 August, to help ensure safe and considerate parking. In line with the Council's budget decision in March, charges will be increased by 10% from 2019-20 levels.

The Council is introducing contactless payment for parking at Thimblerow car park when it reintroduces charges, to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Touch free RingGo payments, which have previously proved successful at other locations in Perth, will be in place at Thimblerow, while contactless card payment will continue to be available at South Inch and Canal Street car parks.

Reintroducing charges will encourage the turnover of parking spaces and therefore the visitors to shops, cafes and restaurants when they reopen. It will also help us to keep pavements and streets safer for physical distancing between increased number of pedestrians and cyclists, as government advice remains to use active travel where possible.

We will be putting up signage and sharing messages on social media to make sure everyone is aware of the charges being reinstated. Payment machines will also be checked and sanitised. Residents permit and season ticket holders will have the expiry date of their permits extended to make up for the period of suspended payments.

Chief Executive Karen Reid said: "We are doing everything we can to keep people safe while supporting the local economy. People in Perth and Kinross want safe and well-maintained parking facilities, and our local businesses are hoping for high footfall as they reopen. Reintroducing parking charges will encourage a healthy turnover of spaces, while our Parking Attendants will help to make sure people are parking considerately.

"Our Parking Attendants have been retasked over recent months and I would like to personally thank them for the fantastic work they have done delivering food and prescriptions to our citizens."