Yay or Nay Wednesday: Text message parking meters

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ntext128a.jpgIn an attempt to stop thieves causing £100,000 worth of damage to boring old cash parking meters every year, Westminster City Council is planning to rip out 2,000 of the traditional boxes, replacing them with text-driven payment systems instead. This paves the way for all the old style meters to be removed from Central London by next year.

Pros: You don’t have to carry around fistfuls of shrapnel now that parking has reached a phenomenal average of £4/hr, and you get the option to receive a text alert and top up (wasn’t that once called feeding the meter?). Cons: If you don’t have a mobile or a credit / debit card, you’re screwed going to have to use council car parks where you can find them. A great way to ease parking pains? A further incentive to use public transport? Have you seen a system like this where you live? Does it work? Please, have your say.

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By Staff Writer | July 4th, 2007

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  • zoe

    This is already in effect in Denver Colorado. Many lots in Downtown Denver have a system called Park by Phone set up and they offer all day parking at a pretty decent discounted rate. It works and works well.

  • http://peekamo.com/ jen peto

    im not surprised how much the world has become so texting oriented. our world has become one mobile social network. sooner or later there not gonna be an english instead we’ll be speaking peekamo