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Pay and Display

The rise of pay-and-display parking seems to have coincided with the introduction of The Road Traffic Act 1991, which brought about a number of key changes in the parking regulations. Parking offences were decriminalised and many enforcement responsibilities were given to local authorities.

Pay-and-display machines, once seen only in car parks, are now used for parking regulation in many town and city streets. One reason for their popularity (with councils, rather than motorists) is their much lower set-up costs compared to parking meters: one pay-and-display machine can service 100 or more vehicle spaces. Controversially, many hospitals have now installed pay-and-display in their car parks, a trend which has angered patients and visitors alike.

In 2000, ITV launched a short-lived sitcom called Pay And Display, starring James Bolam, featuring two underground car park attendants. It proved to be as popular as the sight of a real-life parking attendant.


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Pay-and-display car parking invades every aspect of England's society. Wherever you go in England, from a scenic layby in the Lake District to the local hospital, the first thing you are greeted with is the familiar sign 'Have you paid and displayed?'

Malcolm Robertson

Hardly quinissentially English - France has lots of Pay and Display car parks.

How is this uniquely English? Most car parks here in Canada use pay-and-display as well...

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