MOTORISTS in North Devon can now park the car with a quick call on their mobile phone. From today (Monday) North Devon Council is launching a new service, called RingGo, that enables drivers to charge parking to a credit or debit card by making a short lo
MOTORISTS in North Devon can now park the car with a quick call on their mobile phone.From today (Monday) North Devon Council is launching a new service, called RingGo, that enables drivers to charge parking to a credit or debit card by making a short local telephone call.Now any North Devon Council car park gives the option of paying by cash as normal over the phone. The council says the new service is quick and convenient, giving motorists the ability to top up parking payments without having to return to their car. "This makes paying for parking even easier," said Martin Williams, Transportation and Procurement Manager."It doesn't matter if you're short of change and you won't have to walk back to your car with a ticket. You will also be able to top up parking, so if you get held up or delayed you don't need to rush back to your car - just make a quick call instead."New users will be asked for number plate, colour and make of their vehicle, where and for how long they would like to park and if they want to receive a text message 10 minutes before their parking session expires. They will then have the option of paying by credit or debit card. The initial registration process takes a couple of minutes, but future calls will be quicker as the system will recognise the caller mobile phone number and card details. There is no charge for registering. When using the service customers pay a 20 pence convenience charge on top of the normal parking charge, as well as the cost of a local call on their mobile phone. They can choose to receive a text confirmation of your parking session or a reminder when your parking session is about to run out, for an additional 10p per text.The local number for the North Devon RingGo service is (01271) 823825. Each car park has its own four-digit identification code, clearly displayed on signs near the pay and display machines. For more information about the new RingGo service, go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/parking.