It was announced earlier this year that a £1 flat fee would be introduced for anyone wanting to park in Council car parks and on Esplanades after 18:00 at night. Due to issues with parking meter software and the task of changing all related signage, the roll out of the overnight charge was pushed back from April until June.
However, it has been revealed by Island Echo tonight that a number of motorists using the PaybyPhone app to pay for their parking have been charged the nominal amount before the charges have come into force.
It is currently unknown how many motorists have been hit by this blunder and how much money has been collected incorrectly, although the Isle of Wight Council have been asked to supply this information.
Now that the error has come to light those charged for parking when it should have been free are set to be refunded in full.
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has told Island Echo:
“PayByPhone was instructed by the council to prepare its software for the roll-out of the £1 overnight pay and display parking charge.
“The council has since been made aware that some motorists using the PayByPhone app have been inadvertently charged for overnight parking before the official introduction of the scheme.
“PayByPhone was not instructed by the council to levy the fee and we can confirm refunds will be offered by the company to all customers who were incorrectly charged.
The spokesperson continued:
“The new overnight charge is currently being rolled out across the Island and we would advise motorists to check the tariff board or ticket machine signage as these will be changed to indicate that night-time charging has started.”
It is estimated the new on and off-street overnight parking charge will generate around £147,500 to help fund services across the Island.
Where will the new £1 overnight charge be introduced?
Between 18:00 and 08:00:
Bembridge, St Helens and Seaview
The Duver (Seaview)
Pier Road (Seaview)
The Duver (St Helens)
St Marys Road
Freshwater and Totland
Esplanade Car Park (Totland)
Broadway Car Park (Totland)
County Hall Complex
Newport Harbour North and South
Seaclose Recreation Ground
Lugley Car Park
New Street Car Park
High Street Car Park, Carisbrooke
St Thomas Street Upper and Lower
St Johns Road
New Road (Lake)
Atherley Road, Shanklin
Central Car Park
Brannon Way Car Park
Between 18:00 and 10:00:
Canoe Lake Road