VANDALS have viciously attacked five ticket machines in a town centre car park, which will cost £20,000 of taxpayers' money to replace.
The machines in Monkspath Hall Road car park were irreparably damaged and the remaining two machines have been taken out of service, due to the strain of being over-used.
Motorists using the car park now have to pay attendants up to £3 to park each day, which could cause delays at peak times.
Meanwhile new machines, costing around £4,000 each, have been ordered by the council and should be up and running by the second week of October.
The number of machines will also be increased from seven to 14 to cope with demand and reduce waiting times.
Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: "I heartily condemn this type of mindless vandalism. Not only is it causing problems and delays for the people who use the car park, but it is costing the taxpayer of Solihull over £20,000.
"We are doing our very best to get new machines in as soon as possible, and we'd like to thank people for their patience at this frustrating time."