MOTORISTS across Evesham and Pershore can now pay to park using their mobile phone.
Wychavon District Counciljoined forces with RingGo to launch the new service on Wednesday (November 11), which will allow people to pay parking charges using the technology in their pocket rather than having to hunt for coins.
The new scheme will be trialled over the next 15 months before a decision is made on whether it should be made permanent, following recommendations by councillors on the Strategic Car Park Review Working Group (SCPRWG).
Once motorists register to use the system, they can use the car park’s unique identification number displayed on ticket machines, to pay using the free RingGo smartphone app, via text message or phone.
People can also sign up for text reminders to let them know when their parking is expiring and can renew without having to return to the car park.
A small convenience charge of 20p is added to the initial parking charge and 10p if people extend their stay.
The group also recommended the buy two hours and get a third hour for free scheme in short stay car parks in Evesham and Pershore, which came into force in August.
Coun Tony Miller, chairman of SCPRWG said: “By offering people an alternative way to pay to park it will support businesses by encouraging shoppers and visitors to stay and explore what’s on offer, rather than worrying about time running out on their ticket.”
Coun Richard Morris, portfolio holder for economy and housing on Wychavon District Council, said: “This is a small example of how we are embracing technology to make it easier for people to use our car parks.
“Payment by coins will still be available but we hope motorists will find this new payment method a welcome addition and we’ll be monitoring the results of the trial closely.”
Visit www.myringo.co.uk for more information on the new service.