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Conservative-run Westminster Council is abolishing parking meters after more than 50 years. The remaining five machines will be removed from Warwick Square on May 11.

Instead you pay for parking using a mobile phone or text message. When you are running out of time a text message warning is sent. This means you can top it up by phone while remaining in your meeting rather than having to go back to the car to furtively feed the meter.

From the Council's point of view this cash free system save lots of money on collection costs and avoids theft. How long will parking meters survive elsewhere?

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