Half of the nation’s 35 million drivers are more willing to rifle through their pockets and purses for loose change than use a smartphone parking app, new research has found.
A study commissioned by the British Parking Association discovered that 50 per cent of motorists prefer to use cash and pay and display machines rather than use phone apps, text services and parking websites.
Almost three in 10 of the 2,000 UK adults the BPA surveyed said they didn’t trust new methods for arranging and paying for parking.
Just 17 per cent of the drivers quizzed by the parking body said they use a phone app, send a text, make a call, or use a website to organise, their car-parking, the association said.
The report highlighted that parking hasn’t followed suit with other habits of paying for goods and services online, with plenty of people attempting to use the dedicated apps and websites but eventually giving up after finding them too baffling.
A much higher proportion still prefer to pay at a machine located nearby to where they’ve parked, with 50 per cent saying they pay by cash and another 23 per cent using their debit or credit card.