We stayed in York for 8 minutes, the length of time a quarter buys on the parking meter. There are meters everywhere and they don't post the cost of the meter. You don't find out until you put the money in how much time you get. We don't travel with a lot of quarters so we left. Parking lots with no meters, where you pay as you leave would be better.
I wonder how the shops stay in business when the town is so greedy with their meters.