Dorset's parking charges are back but you can't pay cash

Dorset's parking charges are back but you can't pay cash

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 17th May 2020.

You can't use cash to pay in many of Dorset's car parks.

Charges were put on hold after the lockdown came into effect at many of Dorset's Council-run car parks.

Charges have been reintroduced now, but anyone visiting off-street car parks won't be able to use cash to pay for their ticket.

It's to reduce physical contact with ticket machines.

Top O'Town Car Park

Instead, you'll only be able to use the following methods:

  • Using a smartphone, download the free Just Park app and register your vehicle and bank card for easy payment upon arrival (no additional charges)
  • Telephone 01305 235498 on arrival at the car park and have your payment card ready (6p booking fee applies)
  • Pre-register your mobile phone with Just Park and pay by SMS (text message, 6p booking fee applies) upon arrival - following instructions on the side of the machine.

On-street pay and display machines in Weymouth Town Centre will be accepting cash.

What about Key Workers?

Key workers can continue to use car parks for free until further notice upon display of a relevant pass.

If you're a key worker then you can also register for free parking by e-mailing Parking Services, providing your name, evidence of employer details and vehicle registration number. You can e-mail them at

Car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council's Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:

"It's important to reinstate these charges in our car-parks now that travel restrictions have been slightly eased, so that we can ensure the maximum amount of people are able to use them to go about their essential journeys.

"It's important that drivers ensure they have the correct means of paying for their ticket before setting off, so remember to take your phone. Use of ticket machine keypads and cash are obvious ways that COVID-19 could be spread, so we need to reduce or prevent their use wherever possible.

"Luckily, the three cashless methods available are incredibly simple to use. In fact, I imagine those who haven't used them yet are unlikely to go back to using cash once they've had a try. If in doubt, check the signage and notices on the ticket machine."