STEVE POWER: Please end our Pay & Display parking pains

Who else gets as annoyed about car park Pay & Display machines as I do?

Saturday, 11th June 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:18 pm
Is it possible to create a machine that wont frustrate me by refusing to take my last 10 pence?

For one thing, how long is it going to be before they invent one that can give change?

Secondly, if they are not going to give me change, can’t they at least calculate the extra parking time I should be allowed to have if I’ve overpaid slightly?

Finally, is it possible to create a machine that won’t frustrate me by refusing to take my last 10 pence without making me put it in five or six times before accepting it?

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