A RUBERY village car park which has always been free to use will introduce ‘cashless’ charges tomorrow.
Operating company LCP, which manages the car park behind the Co-op on New Road, will use an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system to monitor the area.
For the first two hours shoppers will be able to park on the site for free.
But after that they will be charged 90p for a third hour and £1.50 for a fourth, with a maximum stay of four hours.
Payments can only be made via an app-based solution that helps people find and pay for parking spaces called RingGo, similar to what was introduced at Artrix’s car park last month.
HoW College, owners of the car park at Artrix, was lambasted over its decision not to offer cash as one of the payment methods.
Rakesh Joshi, asset manager for LCP, said commercial staff and Rubery tenants on the site will be added to a ‘white list’ which will ensure they are exempt from payment.
“We have concerns the car parking spaces are being used by visitors who are not shopping and therefore we are implementing a new system to ensure adequate car parking spaces are available for customers to shop during trading hours.
“We will monitor the situation for up to four months after we implement the system to make sure it is operating in the way we intend it to.”
If anyone has any queries over their eligibility to park on the car park you can contact LCP by calling 01384 400123.