Motorists in Peterborough will have the option to pay for car parking by using their mobile phone following the introduction of cashless parking as an alternative to pay and display with coins.
RingGo is a new mobile phone service that allows motorists to pay for parking by bank card via their smartphone. Registration to the service can be made in advance via the city council’s RingGo Phone Parking page on or at www.myringgo.co.uk
The service can also be activated at car parks by following instructions on displayed signs. Smartphone users can download free RingGo apps, which identify their location, making paying to park even easier.
First time users will be asked for their vehicle details, location code (a four digit number shown on the signs), payment card information and how long they wish to park for.
The details are recalled on subsequent uses and the process is quicker with motorists needing only to confirm their location, duration of stay and their three digit security code.
An optional text reminder can be sent 10 minutes before parking is due to run out, giving people the opportunity to top up their stay by text without returning to their vehicle.
Mick Dolan, Car Parks Manager at Peterborough City Council, said: “With phone parking there is no need to save up coins, go back to the machine to extend your stay or display a ticket on your dashboard. Cashless parking is convenient and it reduces the risk of receiving a parking penalty charge notice.”
Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “We are always keen to make services more attractive to motorists using our car parks and offering the ability to pay for parking by mobile phone allows for more flexibility. It means you can remotely top up your parking whilst shopping, dining or visiting the city centre on business.
People are able to extend their stay without having to check on time or rush back to the car. Cashless parking is an innovative service, which our residents deserve and have the opportunity to embrace.”
The RingGo cashless parking service is available in all council-run city centre car parks with the exception of the Regional Pool. The service has also been installed in on-street parking locations.