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Drivers Overcharged £300,000 For Parking

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7:01am 12th March 2014

Pirate FM has learnt we are being overcharged for parking in Cornwall - by £300,000 a year.

It is because the council's machines do not give any change.

Last year it made £307,000, down from £340,000 the year before for "over vend."

A spokesperson for County Hall said: "In Cornwall there are over 250 pay and display machines in locations from Bude to Porthcurno and if these machines gave change there would have to be a mechanism to ensure they were continually stocked with sufficient change and to address the situation if they were not.  

"The logistical problems of doing this would be great and would result in a high cost. The "base level" of change would also be left in the machines at all times making them much more prone to vandalism and theft.

"We currently offer a cashless payment option for those people who not have the correct change via the Ringo mobile phone payment system. The cost to change all our machines in one go would be significant although we do upgrade machines as they become obsolete. As they are replaced we will consider other options for cashless payment.

"The amount of overspend only represents about 2% of our total income from car parking charges. Like any surplus parking income it is used to support transportation requirements such as road maintenance and concessionary bus fares."

7:01am 12th March 2014

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