Freedom of choice: Paying cash must be an option

Freedom of choice: Paying cash must be an option
A Plymouth man is raging about the fact he can't park up on Plymouth Hoe unless he has a debit card or a mobile to hand.

Chris Whitby contacted PlymouthLive as he feels motorists' daily freedoms are being curbed because they can't use old fashioned cash to get a ticket in the meter.

He often visits the Hoe, he says, and on every trip there in the last few weeks, he’s noticed payment machines don't accept money.

Worried about get fined for not being able to pay for his parking on a visit earlier this week, Chris approached a parking attendant – and was shocked to hear that Plymouth City Council-owned car parks continue to only accept payment through specialist parking app RingGo, or sometimes through contactless debit or credit cards.

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