Coronavirus: Peterborough residents asked to avoid cash payments when parking

Residents in Peterborough are being asked to try and avoid cash payments when parking.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4:44 pm

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against using cash payments whenever possible to mitigate the risk of transmitting the coronavirus, and following the advice Peterborough City Council has posted signs on all its parking machines asking drivers to use cashless payment methods whenever possible.

A council spokesperson said, “We take the safety of our residents and visitors very seriously and the health of our employees and subcontractors at a time like this is at the top of our agenda. We feel it is imperative to mitigate the spread of this virus, and by asking people not to handle cash we can go some way to achieve this.”

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Jonny Combe, UK CEO of PayByPhone, said: “With one in 10 adults in the UK now choosing to lead a largely cashless life, and seven in 10 using contactless payments, the shift away from using notes and coins during this pandemic is not only the smart choice, but also one that should be relatively easy for most.

“As a technology company, it is really reassuring to see how technology can make a positive impact on society in these unprecedented times.”