People can now use their mobile phones to pay for parking in Oakham and Uppingham.
Rutland County Council has today (Tuesday) introduced RingGo, an easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows users to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine.
The new service will complement the existing cash payment machines in all council car parks in Rutland.
Portfolio holder for highways and transport Tony Mathias (Con) said: “Mobile phones are no longer just phones and this is a tried and tested service that will make parking much more convenient - both for visitors and local people.
“We are not removing the ability to pay for parking with cash in the conventional way - this will still be an option. Mobile payment is being introduced alongside cash payments as a handy alternative and has a number of benefits, including the ability to extend your stay without having to return to your vehicle.
“If you are out shopping, running late or decide to have another cup of coffee you can simply use your phone to pay for additional parking, making it easier to spend more time in our market towns.”
People using RingGo can pay for parking online, via text message or by calling a standard rate telephone number that will be displayed on signs. There is also a dedicated smartphone app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices, with full details of each payment method available at www.RingGo.co.uk.
If you choose to pay via RingGo, there is no need to display a ticket as Civil Enforcement Officers will instead check which vehicles have paid for parking using special handheld devices.