Forty new pay-and-display machines have been installed at parking locations across Stoke-on-Trent where drivers can pay by card and contactless.
The system has been introduced as part of a £400,000 investment by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
There is no additional fee or minimum spend when paying by card, and a receipt can be issued by the machines.
Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We are always looking to improve the services we offer to our residents.
“Introducing card and contactless payments across our most well-used parking areas is a step in the right direction.
“As a motorist myself I know how frustrating it can be when you want to park and you’re in a hurry but don’t have any spare change on you.
“It’s great the new machines remove that problem and make life just that little bit easier.
“I am sure the new quick and easy card and contactless payment method will be appreciated by motorists.”
Jonathan Bellamy, chairman of the City Centre Partnership, said: “One of the most important things to get right in a city centre is the car parking provision.
“Quality car parks, reasonably charged, and providing a simple user experience.
“It’s good to hear that this has been made a little bit better with the council’s new car parking machines offering contactless and bank card payment facilities.”
The new machines are located at car parks and on-street parking bays in Longton, Meir, Stoke, Burslem, Hanley and Tunstall