Comments for en-gb 30 Sat 04 Jul 2015 02:47:08 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at JacquesEGH You should try living in the Lake District, where rates/poll tax are already very high. The car parking charges are an extra "visitors tax" which we pay every day, right through the year....Visitors are fed up with it all, and so are we. (Blame it on Prescott: (the erst-while Deputy Prime Minister, whose office (the ODPM) thought and implemented this scheme. Our local councils (Allerdale, Eden and Copeland) are hoovering up all on- and off-street parking areas to ensure there is no competition. They are making NCP look like amateurs. Wed 29 Oct 2008 15:55:35 GMT+1 Gillianian SSC (10) In my area, car parks are regulated by the Council and the money goes into the general pot. Unfortunately, because of the way the government supports the District Council in terms of grant, one of the few things they can do to raise money where they are not inhibited by government regulations is to increase car park charges.It is in effect an extra tax on residents and visitors to the town. Tue 28 Oct 2008 16:42:03 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat I don't mind paying a premium if there's some additional benefit somewhere along the line.For example, I pay a little extra to use an Apple Mac, so that I get a better (for me) user experience.I'm happy to pay a little more for a brand-name tin of beans if it tastes a bit better than a value brand (sorry for using that word) even though the basic bean is the same.In the example linked to above though, the only benefit is to the car-park company; I doubt they invest all the surplus 10ps in infrastructure improvements. Tue 28 Oct 2008 16:29:10 GMT+1 hainba On buses these schemes prey on the occasional user and put them off using the service again. So much for encouraging the use of public transport! Oyster is not perfect but why don't they accept debit card payment for small amounts? Tue 28 Oct 2008 16:24:46 GMT+1 DI_Wyman LOL, mittfh, it's a always packed on amputation day. Tue 28 Oct 2008 16:09:15 GMT+1 Gillianian I would rather these parking machines charged a pound than an odd amount - I'd still moan about the cost, but at least it would be up-front and honest.Fifi is right to call it ''creeping theft''. Tue 28 Oct 2008 15:40:45 GMT+1 mittfh DiY: Sounds as though they've got a novel limb transplant scheme then... Tue 28 Oct 2008 15:25:24 GMT+1 DI_Wyman No, No and thrice No! We have a lovelly all singing, all dancing PFI Hospital, but it costs an arm and a leg to use the car park! Tue 28 Oct 2008 15:16:26 GMT+1 mittfh Many vending machines also do not give change if you overpay for your snack / drink.Thankfully it isn't much of an issue for me, as when parking in town I always head to a supermarket (usually 2 hours free parking), and I rarely (if ever) use vending machines. Tue 28 Oct 2008 15:05:21 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 Eddie,Happy to pay extra for something?what would you pay extra? Tue 28 Oct 2008 14:48:41 GMT+1 Charlie No!This link comes from the iPM Blog and is very useful: can understand and accept, in certain situations, the rationale for not providing "change" provided it's not done by the "service" provider, for its own gratuitous gain. Clarity of purpose and intent, is surely, what is required?So, for example, why don't Bus companies/local authorities/NHS hospitals etc that operate this type of system divide the retained "change" between say, half-a-dozen charities and make payments every 3 months or so..? Not difficult, as those entities will already know the total of their daily "sales" vs. tickets issued and thereby, also know the "overage"... Tue 28 Oct 2008 14:33:58 GMT+1 Fifi I thoroughly resent having to pay to park in my own market town anyway, when I'm trying to support local retailers. This creeping 'theft' adds insult to injury. Tue 28 Oct 2008 14:08:27 GMT+1