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Cashless parking to begin in Reading

Drivers in Reading will be able to pay to park by mobile phone Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Reading will no longer have to worry about carrying change with them to park.

A new cashless system is being introduced today - meaning motorists can pay by phone.

Optional alerts are then sent to residents when their time is due to expire.

"This is an additional way of paying for parking which takes away the worry of having the right coins in your pocket when you park in pay and display bays. It also allows people to top up their stay remotely, instead of returning to their car.

"Many drivers will already be familiar with the system, as it is widely used across the UK. I'd like to emphasise however, the option to pay by cash remains in place for those who prefer the traditional method."

– Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport

Hundreds of HGVs fined for illegal parking

Almost 450 HGVs parked unsafe and illegally on hard shoulders and slip roads in Kent have been moved on in less than two weeks.

Officers from Kent’s Roads Policing Unit and Highways England officers moved on a total of 447 lorries found to be parked inappropriately over a two week period this month.

Fixed penalty notices were issued to 37 vehicles.

"Parking on the hard shoulder and slip roads of busy carriageways for a rest is unsafe and illegal and it puts drivers and other road users in danger.

"Kent Police and its partners are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour by lorry drivers. We are moving lorries on, fining those vehicles whose offences warrant such enforcement and those that won’t pay are moved to a safe location and immobilised until they do.

"Long-distance drivers should plan their journeys and that includes arranging safe, legal responsible locations to stop for their rest breaks."

– Superintendent Ian Hall, from Kent Police


Cashless parking - Brighton and Hove to scrap half the city's ticket machines

Drivers in Brighton and Hove are being urged to use their mobile phones to pay for parking. The city council is removing half of all ticket machines to save money. But some motorists fear the change will make parking more difficult for those without mobiles. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Kitcat, the Green leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, and Steve Percy of People's Parking Protest.

Daylight robbery? Councils make millions from parking

Council chiefs in Sussex are being accused of holding motorists to ransom over parking charges.

It's been revealed that Brighton and Hove makes over £18m a year from on-street parking. That's more than any other authority outside London.

The city council says much of that money is spent on improving public transport. But drivers say it's daylight robbery. Malcolm Shaw reports


Man sentenced after parking row attack

Robert Downs has been jailed for three years Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been sent to prison for three years for attacking a man in a row over parking in Brighton.

Robert Downs, 23, unemployed from Baranscraig Avenue in Brighton pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and was sentenced on October 23 at Lewes Crown Court.

Shortly after 6.30pm on Thursday May 15 the victim, a 53-year-old from Brighton, confronted Downs whose car was parked on the grass in Preston Park. As the victim walked away, Downs hit him over the head with a bottle and after he had fallen to the ground, stamped on his head.

"Downs viciously attacked the victim leaving him with severe cuts and bruises to his head and face. There were a number of witnesses in the park at the time and his behaviour was completely unacceptable. I would like to thank all the witnesses who came forward and their contribution helped in securing this conviction."

– DC James Botting

Crackdown on dangerous parking around schools

The crackdown on parents in Brighton parking illegally outside primary schools is continuing today.

Yesterday a parking warden was pushed to the ground by a parent outside the Rudyard Kipling school when they were asked to move their car.

Parking enforcement officers and police are issuing fines to parents who park dangerously.

"Our Safer Routes to School programmes are encouraging more and more children to travel to the classroom on foot, bike or scooter. Therefore it is vital to ensure that nearby pavements and junctions are kept free from obstruction, and motorists behave considerately to enable everyone to travel safely to and from school."

– Councillor Pete West, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee

E-petition sparks council debate on Sunday parking fees

Sunday parking charges in Brighton & Hove are to be discussed by the full council

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.

The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.

More than 1,250 people have signed an e-petition calling for the removal of Sunday parking charges

South West Trains hit back over rise in parking charges

The biggest rail company in the country hit back at critics of its rises in station car parking charges.

South West Trains said there will be no increase at Guilford, Southampton Central and Woking railway stations.

The company are also investing millions to increase the number of spaces at car parks in Fleet, Farnborough and Winchester.

Some individual tickets will go up by just under 7%. Stations like Basingstoke and Brookwood will see daily charges rise by 50p to £8.

But others will be frozen and season tickets will go up by 1.2%.

Unions have been accused of issuing inaccurate figures over this years rise.

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