Motorists who pay via their phone at any Torbay Council-operated pay-and-display parking locations will no longer pay a 30p convenience charge for doing so.

Using the ParkMobile contactless option of paying by phone, instead of using cash, helps support measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

ParkMobile customers will now pay the same parking fee as if they were using change to pay at the machine. Customers will only pay additional costs if they choose optional paid-for services such as text reminders.

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet member for infrastructure, environment and culture for Torbay Council, said: “It is hoped the scrapping of this fee will encourage more people to use this method of payment. Over the next few months we will be looking to increase the number of payment machines that are able to accept card payments, both on and off street.”