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Pay to park glitch in Somerset

Teething problems mean a new phone and pay system due to come into force today in parts of Somerset is not working.

The phone and pay app for smartphones was due to be operational in Taunton and Wellington. Somerset County Council says the company responsible is trying to fix it.

In the meantime motorists can call 01823 210302 to pay and this will also activate the app.

Criticism as Wiltshire Council make thousands for short changing drivers

Wiltshire Council came in for criticism today after it was revealed it had made nearly three quarters of a million pounds by short changing motorists. The amount which puts the county top in the country comes from ticket machines that don't offer any change when you buy a ticket.

Jonty Messer has the following report:

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Wiltshire Council made almost £250 thousand a year in unreturned change from parking charges.

A Freedom of Information request from a national newspaper found the council had made 730 thousand pounds over three years by using machines that don't give change.

They say the extra money goes towards transport initiatives.

Council parking machines short change us by £730k in three years

Wiltshire Council uses parking machines which don't give out change Credit: PA

Wiltshire Council is making around £250,000 a year short-changing motorists in car parks.

It's because the council uses ticket machines which state "no change given".

A national newspaper submitted freedom of ­information requests to all 348 local ­authorities in England and Wales.

Wiltshire Council came top – making £730,000 in unreturned change over three years.