Monday, 17 June 2013

Bungling Bradford Council installs French car park ticket machine

Bungling Bradford Council installs French car park ticket machine

Motorists in West Yorkshire were left scratching their heads when a ticket machine at the Ian Clough car park, in Baildon, refused to accept their coins.

Subsequently, many car owners returned to their vehicles to find a parking fine slapped on their windscreens.

Bradford Council eventually visited the offending machine and slapped 'out of order' stickers across its fa├žade to ensure no further motorists suffered the same, penalised fate while the problem was investigated.

One eagle-eyed motorist soon discovered the ticket machine was actually French and configured only to accept EURO's.

Two ward councillors Debbie Davies and Roger L'Amie were among those who had tried to use the machine at the car park.

"The pound coin simply would not fit in the slot,' Ms Davies said "There wasn't anything blocking it, it didn't go in and then fell out, the machine just couldn't take the pound."

Engineers have been sent in and the machine has now been calibrated to accept pound coins.

Councillor Davies added: "After some 12 weeks of standing there doing nothing - the 'out of order' signs have been removed and for the first time it's operational

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