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Technological breakthrough allows on-street pay and display parking machines to offer change

Scientists have cracked one of the toughest technological conundrums of recent decades: how to offer change for drivers buying pay and display tickets from on-street machines.

‘We’ve pumped millions into trying to solve this, and at last we’ve cracked it’ said a jubilant Martin Palmer, head of NCP ‘previously we’ve only been able to differentiate between UK coins and scores of other national currencies, as well as calculating and printing the precise time the ticket will elapse.’

‘It’s great news’ commented Alan Rowe of the AA ‘for years now, companies have been generously accepting overpayment from drivers, but I know that even this compromise measure has deeply saddened them. Now, like unlicensed minicab drivers and Big Issue sellers, on-street parking machines will never be without change again.’

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Posted: May 4th, 2009 by Skylarking

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