Pay to park by phone in North Devon
NORTH Devon Council is introducing a new, convenient way to pay for parking. Called RingGo", it is a quick, easy to use service that allows motorists to charge parking to their credit or debit card by making a short call on their mobile phone. New coin
NORTH Devon Council is introducing a new, convenient way to pay for parking. Called "RingGo", it is a quick, easy to use service that allows motorists to charge parking to their credit or debit card by making a short call on their mobile phone. New coin operated payment machines are already being installed in all council owned car parks and the option of mobile phone payments will be available by the end of May. Councillor Mike Harrison, Leader of North Devon Council, said: "The new service will be very easy to use. It will mean you don't need to carry change or walk back to your car with a ticket. You will also be able to top up your parking, so if you get held up or delayed, you won't need to rush back to your car - you can just make a quick call instead."From May when you park your car in any North Devon Council car park, you'll be able to pay by cash as normal or call the local rate number shown on nearby signs and pay for your parking over the phone.New users of the service will be asked for their 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 will take a couple of minutes, but future calls to park will be much quicker as the system will recognise the callers' mobile phone number and card details. Users will have to pay the cost of a local phone call, a small transaction cost of 20p for the service and 1.5 per cent per credit card transaction. There will be no additional cost to use a debit card.This service has already been well received in many areas surrounding North Devon and in Gloucestershire 16 per cent of parking customers were paying by phone within 12 months.