Cashless parking on offer to more of Suffolk Coastal
| 28th Jan 2010|
Following a successful pilot in Woodbridge town centre, cashless parking via RingGo is being rolled out to Suffolk Coastal car parks in Felixstowe making it more convenient for motorists to pay for car parking.
The mobile service allows car park users to pay for their parking by credit or debit card via their mobile phone meaning that having the correct change or being penalised for over running their stay could soon be a thing of the past.
"The RingGo service has proved to be very useful for many visitors to car parks in Woodbridge town centre and I am sure that many more residents and visitors will benefit from the extension of the service to Felixstowe," said Cllr Andy Smith, Cabinet Member responsible for Car Parks.
Drivers can register with RingGo in advance or once they have parked by calling 01394 642645 and providing their car registration, card details, the four digit location code of the car park and how long they would like to stay.
Once they have registered, subsequent visits will be much quicker as RingGo will recognise registered users immediately. All details are securely stored on RingGo's secure computer system and those registered will also be able to use the mobile service when travelling outside of the district at any RingGo car park in the country.
The service costs 20p on top of the car parking charge with all payments appearing on drivers' credit or debit card statements. VAT receipts can be printed from their individual online RingGo account where they can also view their payment history and manage their account details.
"Users do not need to worry about receiving a fixed penalty notice as our parking officers will be able to accurately check and confirm with RingGo whether a payment has been made," added Cllr Smith.
The RingGo service will be available in Felixstowe from Thursday, January 28 at the following car parks: Crescent Road, Highfield Road, Ranelagh Road, Convalescent Hill, Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Pier Bight, Pier Front and the Spa Pavilion. The following seasonal car parks will also have the service when charges apply during the summer months: Brackenbury Fort, Clifflands, Golf Road, Sea Road and Arwela Road.
"Drivers will still be able to pay with coins, but this service makes parking hassle free with no need to worry about rushing back to top up pay and display tickets, users can quickly and easily do it over the phone without returning to their car," added Cllr Smith.