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Barking and Dagenham scraps all parking meters

The PayByPhone app will replace parking meters in the borough from Monday

Every parking meter in Barking and Dagenham has been removed to make way for the launch of an app on Monday. 

The PayByPhone app will come into force from 1 February in a council-led push to improve the service and reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions. 

Drivers will be able to pay at PayPoint shops, receive reminders their time is running out and extend it remotely. 

“This is a great move by the council as not only do cashless parking payment offer drivers a more convenient way of paying for parking, it also means fewer emissions from vehicles on the road that would have been required for collection and maintenance.

This moves us a step closer to making Barking and Dagenham a healthier place to live,” said Cllr Margaret Mullane.

The council say the move will reduce the 30,000 miles cars currently drive per year to stock and repair the machines. 

A tree will also be donated to the borough for every 10 parking meters removed, as part of the Meters for Trees initiative. 

Adam Dolphin, PayByPhone UK’s sales director, said: “We are thrilled to support Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council’s ongoing commitment to achieve carbon neutrality.

“Meters for Trees is as simple and straight-forward as cashless parking payments are. We are delighted that each time we welcome a new local authority to the programme, we are contributing to a cleaner environment and better air quality.”

Residents can download the app, which is be usable in multiple languages, from the Google Play or App store.

To find out where the PayPoint shops are, visit consumer.paypoint.com. 

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