DRIVERS can "kiss goodbye" to parking fines in two Barnstaple car parks from Christmas.
North Devon Council's executive today gave the go ahead to trial a barrier system in two of the town's car parks.
Bear Street car park and Hardaway Head car park will take advantage of the scheme, which allows people to pay at the end of the stay.
This stops people worrying about the time running out on their tickets and encourages them to spend longer in the town centre.
Lead member for the economy councillor Malcolm Prowse said: "This scheme is long overdue and I'm delighted we are now able to carry out this project.
"It will mean we can kiss goodbye to the parking fine for customers using the car parks with the new system.
"If it works well, I hope we can also roll it out across our other major car parks to make car parking more convenient to our customers and more beneficial to our local businesses."
Town centre manager Craig Bulley adds: "We're particularly pleased to see a scheme that eliminates the threat of parking fines, which can cause shoppers concern and in some cases lead to them cutting their visits short.
"We're now looking forward to getting this new system in place swiftly, so it benefits both shoppers and businesses."
Now the project has been approved, work to kick it off will begin immediately with the hope of having the car parks up and running by Christmas.