Byron Bay paid parking scheme “settling in well”

THE new Byron Bay town centre pay parking scheme is settling in well, Byron Shire Council's traffic and transport officer Simon Bennett has said.

57 machines were installed just prior to Christmas, in the one and two hour parking areas, and since the new parking scheme had commenced, more than 7,500 locals, workers and businesses have jumped on board with exemptions, Mr Bennett said.

"It's a great take up from locals," he said.

"Like anything new, we have had some teething issues but so far all have been easily resolved.

"The last minute rush for exemptions saw the online applications cause intermittent web outages but we have been able to keep on top of the data entry.

"Some people have inadvertently supplied the wrong vehicle plate number, changed vehicles in the Christmas period, or we have mistaken numbers and or letters.

"It's very easy for all of us to think that a letter can look like a number, or they are entered in the wrong order. But is also very easy for us to fix when the error is reported."

Mr Bennett encouraged residents and exemption holders to call Council should they find they are having problems or need to update their information.

If you need help, call the Pay Parking Hotline on 1300 811 942 during business hours.

New exemptions are still available to purchase on Council's website www.byron.nsw.gov.au.



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