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"No Change" Parking Meters Rake in Bonus £300k in a Year

Cornwall Council has been having a whale of a time ripping off tourists and locals, with its "no change" parking meters taking over £300,000 in excess parking fees thanks to a decision to stop handing out change. The cost of maintaining the float and an increased risk of vandalism in cash-carrying machines are the excuses for the windfall. [BBC] Read More >>

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This New App Wants to Fight Your Parking Tickets For You

It's happened to all of us. You get back to your car after a delicious brunch or productive visit to the bookstore only to find a demonic little slip of paper tucked under your windshield wiper. "But the machine was broken!" you think. "I'm going to contest this!" you say to yourself. No, you're not. Read More >>

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4 Ways to Make Better Roads and Car Parks From the Ground Up

As a surface for wheels, tarmac does its job well enough. Tarmac is flat, smooth, and solid (usually). But there is a price we pay for the convenience of paved roads and parking lots everywhere—a price paid in heat, noise, and polluted runoff. We went in search of better pavement and found these potential solutions. Read More >>

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Government May Cut Parking Fines to Kill Council's Cash Cows

Minor parking rule breaches might soon be treated with equally minor financial penalties, with the government said to be thinking of asking councils to lower the minimum fixed fees levied on tiny driving offences like spending five minutes too long trudging around your depressed high street. Read More >>

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Pricey Parking Fines Make £594 Million For English Councils

Finding somewhere to park is always an absolute nightmare, especially in the city. It also doesn't help when you have traffic wardens who go out of their way to ensure you bag yourself a ticket for absolutely no reason. Needless to say, parking fines have brought in a great deal of income for councils around the country. Read More >>

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Volvo's Awesome New Autonomous Self-Parking Car Is Its Own Valet

Realising that cars that automatically parallel park themselves are old news, Volvo has taken the concept one step — actually several miles — further with a new concept vehicle that can actually find an empty spot and park itself in a bay. You just abandon your car at the entrance of a car park, and like a valet you never have to tip, it takes care of the rest. Read More >>

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Watch an Awesome Audi A7 Actually Go and Park Itself In a Car Park

OK, so you've seen cars able to parallel park themselves with you working the pedals in the car, but have you seen one actually drive off into a car park, find a space, park itself, and then come and pick you up again when you're done, all by itself? This is awesome. Read More >>

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Why Our American Friends Shouldn't Park Their Cars in Front of a Fire Hydrant

Do fire fighters really need all that space to hook up their giant hose? Is there really going to be a fire? Yeah, there is and your car is going to get screwed like the one above. Read More >>

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This Amazing Skyscraper Parks Your Car In Your Living Room

I've seen other amazing robotised parking systems in the past, but this just seems insanely unreal to me. Just watch this guy parking his Lamborghini in his living room. It's like someone went to the future in a nuclear-powered DeLorean and filmed the whole thing. [LiveleakThanks Karl!] Read More >>

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I Really Wish I Had These Incredible Handbrake-Parking Skills

I'd like to think I'm a decent driver, but sometimes I seriously struggle in the parking scrum that is London. I really wish I could deploy the handbrake like this absolute master from China. Certainly would speed up parking, but how the hell do you get it back out from there? Read More >>

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