Westminster to trial contactless parking meters

Westminster to trial contactless parking meters

Westminster City Council is to introduce 'wave and pay' parking meters, enabling motorists to use their contactless debit and credit cards to pay for parking in central London.

The council is to perform a trial run of the new meters at 20 locations in the West End from early next year. If the pilot is a success the technology - supplied by Parkeon - will be rolled out across Westminster.

Westminster City Council ripped out its old-style coin meters in March due to repeated vandalism. Some of the replacement meters incorporate Chip and PIN readers, but most require users to set up an account and pay by mobile phone.

It will be the first test of contactless payments at parking meters in the UK, and will be watched with interest by other council wards. Southampton City Council is understood to be interested in introducing the system.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 30 October, 2009, 06:05Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Won't the new meters attract the same vandals, only with something shiny and newer to smash?

I assume parking fees will rise to cover both the cost of new meters and the fees from pay by card and or using your mobile to pay by card option? Won't that in itself incite more vandalism?

Don't you just love as street full of ugly meters. I'm sure they'll really add to  the ambience.