Parking chiefs to look into alternative ways to pay

From Brighton & Hove News









Council chiefs are to look again at how drivers pay for parking after Conservative and Green councillors joined forces in response to a petition.

The petition called for scratchcard parking vouchers to be brought back after complaints about the switch to pay-by-phone parking machines.

The vouchers were scrapped by the Conservatives in 2008 on cost grounds.

Some people, such as those with arthritis or hearing difficulties, find the new system hard to use while others have complained about mobile phone signal problems.

Pay-by-phone parking machines were first brought in three years ago when Brighton and Hove City Council had almost 1,200 on-street parking machines that took cash.

More than 300 cash parking machines have been removed, taking the total remaining down to 800. And the number is to fall to just 150 by next March when the new £1 coin comes into circulation.

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