RingGo to star?
Transport for Buckinghamshire will be trialling the RingGo pay-by-phone system in Aylesbury town centre this week, going live on Thursday, January 17.
Motorists wishing to park on the street or in the Waterside North car park will no longer have to hunt for change following the introduction of a new system that lets you pay for parking with your mobile phone.
RingGo is a quick, 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. If this trial proves successful, the system will be introduced across all of the county council parking locations.
People can use RingGo to pay for parking online, via text message or by calling a standard rate phone number that will be displayed on signs. There is also a dedicated app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices, with full details of each payment method available at www.ringgo.co.uk
If they choose to pay for parking via RingGo, there is no need to display a ticket. Civil enforcement officers will be able to check the registration of validly parked vehicles using a handheld device.
Once cars are registered on RingGo, the service can remember users’ vehicle and payment information, meaning they can save time when paying for parking in future. Users can also opt in to receive text message reminders 10 minutes before parking is due to run out, giving you time to return to your car or to extend your stay to the maximum period allowed in that parking place.
Five-digit RingGo codes will be displayed on the parking payment stations in each location, or can be found online. There is a charge of 20p per transaction for using the service, as well as 10p for the optional text message reminders, which can be switched off at any time.
The service is said to have worked successfully in other parts of the country and will make parking in Aylesbury town centre – and in the rest of Buckinghamshire, should the trial be a success – much more convenient, both for residents and for visitors, says the county council.
County Council Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw said: ‘The introduction of RingGo is a step forward in convenient parking. You can still pay with cash in the conventional way but being able to pay via your phone is a handy alternative that I am sure many people will take advantage of.’