ISSUES: Pay parking was introduced in Byron Bay in December 2015. .
ISSUES: Pay parking was introduced in Byron Bay in December 2015. .

Paid parking issues affect tourist town

IF YOU visit Byron Bay, raid your children’s piggy bank because you’ll need coins.

Ongoing technical problems with Telstra Wi-Fi are causing intermittent problems with card payments at parking meters in Byron Bay, according to Byron Shire Council.

The issues started last week.

Byron Shire Council’s acting general manager, Phil Holloway, said some people’s cards are declined when they try to pay.

“We are working to resolve these issues with Telstra and hope these intermittent glitches with the card payment system are fixed as soon as possible,” he said.

“I acknowledge it is frustrating for people trying to pay with their cards and I ask they try another machine or, if that doesn’t work, to pay with coins,” Mr Holloway said.

Parking fees apply in the Byron Bay central business district, council car parks and some parts of Wategos.

Parking meters accept card and coin payments and people are reminded that if cards are not being accepted they are legally required to pay with coins.

Parking fees are $4 per hour, capped at $20 for all-day parking.

Operating hours are 9am to 6pm, seven days a week including public holidays.

Pay parking was introduced in Byron Bay in December 2015.

The glitches with the pay parking meters will have no impact on Byron Shire residents who have a pay parking permit.


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