Many drivers are still suffering the inconvenience of having to carry loose change to pay for hospital parking at a high proportion of trusts in England.
Four in 10 hospital trusts require drivers to pay for their parking with coins and offer no option for credit or debit card payments, research has revealed.
Furthermore, a third of hospitals do not allow drivers to pay for their parking when they exit, with motorists instead having to guess how much time they’ll spend.
Simon Williams, RAC spokesman, said: “These figures show that in many cases it is still too difficult for people to pay to park when they make a visit to a hospital in England, with drivers still expected to carry pocketfuls of change in order to park legally – despite the advent first of credit and debit card payments, and now contactless and mobile payment technology.
“In the 21st century, we also think it is unreasonable to expect drivers to have to estimate how long their visit to hospital might take – payment on exit, while perhaps not appropriate for smaller hospital car parks, should be rolled out at larger sites as far as it is practicable.”
The statistics were generated from a Freedom of Information request of 164 trusts in 2016. The roadside assistance company is now calling for the government to upgrade hospital payment options, which would give drivers a more flexible method of paying for their stay.