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Spread of cashless parking put in the spotlight

Councils have been told by the government that they must not force drivers to use phones to pay for parking, reports Mark Moran

01 May 2023
Coin accepting P&D machines are starting to vanish from some high streets
Michael Gove MP
Michael Gove MP


Parking payment machines are being completely removed by some High Streets in favour of cashless options such as mobile phone apps. Theft, vandalism, maintenance cost and the end of 3G services that connect pay & display machines with the back office are being cited by some councils as the reason for the removal of machines. However, there have been concerns that the disappearance of cash will create “parking meter deserts”.

Such an anxiety was expressed by Andrew Goodacre,...

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