Car parking in the city could soon become cashless if new plans are approved by councillors.

The city council hopes to replace outdated machines with modern pay and display machines capable of accepting card payments and give drivers the option to ‘top up’ their time through a mobile phone app without having to return to the car park.

New shelters would also be built over the pay and display machines as part of the plans.

The preferred options, approved by the city council’s environment committee at a meeting last week, will now be discussed by the council’s policy and resources committee at a meeting later.

Equipment for enforcement officers would also be upgraded.

A two-year trial of an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera system with no barriers at Clare Street car park would be considered by the council but only if it was of no or very little cost.

Councillor Andy Stafford called the plan a “non-committal” and said the council was being “too cautious”.