Parking plan opposed

City Council plans to make people pay for parking in three Nottingham streets have been criticised by Nottingham Elders' Forum as 'discriminatory'.

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Paying for parking via mobile phone described as 'discriminatory'

Forcing people to pay for parking via a mobile phone has been described as discriminatory towards older people. Under new plans by Nottingham City Council drivers will only be able to pay by mobile phone in three new parking pay-zones.

The Nottingham Elders' Forum says it is no good for people who do not regularly use mobiles or who pay with credit and debit cards.

Michael Sibert reports.

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City Council argues mobile parking system can work

Nottingham City Council have defended plans to introduce a system to pay for parking by mobile phone, arguing it is used successfully around the country.

The proposals have been criticised by the Nottingham Elders' Forum as 'discriminatory' towards older people.

The pay by phone system we are proposing is used extensively with great success throughout the country.

However if there are concerns, we are currently consulting on this proposal and will happily listen to what people have to say.

It's also important to note that residents and visitors of residents in these areas will not have to pay any charges at all.

– Nottingham City Council spokesperson

Parking plans 'disgusting' says Elders' Forum

The Nottingham Elders' Forum have described Council plans to introduce methods to pay for parking by mobile phone as 'disgusting'.

Nottingham City Council is consulting about the proposals and argues the payment system is used successfully around the country.

I think it is disgusting, particularly in a city that is supposed to be age friendly.

Many older people out there don't have mobile phones. Others don't have cards as they are worried about getting into debt.

So what are they meant to do?

They are only bringing it in three streets at first, but I'm sure they will eventually roll it out even further.

– Glenise Martin, secretary of the Nottingham Elders' Forum

Plans for mobile phone parking criticised

Plans to make people pay for parking using a mobile phone in three Nottingham streets have been criticised by the Nottingham Elders' Forum as 'discriminatory' towards older people.

Local residents may need to pay by mobile phone Credit: Roy Catherall/Roy Catherall/Press Association Images

If the plans were introduced it would mean that instead of paying at meters, motorists would have to call or text a company and pay using their debit or credit cards.

Nottingham City Council is consulting about the proposals and argue the system is used with success throughout the country.

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