No Spare Change? Now you can Pay to Park over the Phone
| 18th Jan 2010|
How many times have you parked up the car, gone to the meter, only to find you have no change on you? Well now, Sheffield City Council is introducing a brand new service for motorists to make paying to park even easier.
From this week, motorists using Sheffield City Council owned car parks and on street bays, can pay by phone, using their debit or credit card. The cashless payment system, 'RingGo', will go live on Monday 18 January in council car parks and on street parking across the city.
Councillor Ian Auckland, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport and Streetscene at Sheffield City Council said: "Bringing in this payment system is just another example of how we are trying to make paying parking charges easy for motorists in Sheffield because the 'RingGo' system gives drivers more options. By giving more options to the motorists we can improve the service they receive.
As well as not having to hunt for loose change, motorists can be safe in the knowledge that they can extend their stay up to the maximum permitted stay if necessary without going back to the car park, avoiding a needless rush or risking a ticket for overstaying!"
After parking, motorists simply dial the local rate number 0114 299 1994, which is shown on pay and display machines in the city. Users will need to provide the location code, also shown on signs, their car registration number and the length of time they want to park. Payment will then be taken from their debit/credit card.
First time users will need to give full details of the payment card they use, but the next time they use the service, they will only need to provide the last four digits, as the state-of-the-art technology is able to identify the mobile phone that is being used.
Using the service costs a flat rate of 20 pence on top of the normal parking tariff. No parking tickets are issued as Civil Enforcement Officers can check which vehicles have paid using 'RingGo'. Motorists can also extend their stay by mobile phone without having to go back to the car park and feed the cash machine, and without running the risk of getting a Penalty Charge Notice.
For an extra 10p motorists can also have a reminder text when their paid for time is about to expire.