Phone payments for car parking to be introduced
November 21, 2011 by Michael
A pay by phone scheme is emerging for public car parks in several UK area, including Kirklees and Nottingham.
Other cities around the country are already trialling this scheme and are supporting it with council communications, such as flyer and poster printing. Nottingham and Kirklees’ venture should see more people paying the correct amount for their parking and this will make life easier for people who don’t often carry small change. As with any new scheme in the public domain, the right kind of explanation needs to be given in the right kind of way to ensure that the scheme is a success and by producing high-quality posters and flyers, councils can ensure that people using these services know exactly what to do.
A spokesperson for Kirklees Council spoke about the reasons behind the scheme, saying:
“Drivers currently have to pay for parking in Holmfirth, Dewsbury and Huddersfield with cash and this can be restrictive and also mean that customers must rely on having the correct change available and also know the duration of their visit. A mobile phone payment system means that those wishing to stay longer would not need to make another visit to the pay-and-display machine, or curtail their visit.”
There is a hope that by providing and promoting more ways to pay for parking, more people will be driven into town centres to shop locally to boost the economy instead of going to big, out of town shopping malls that offer free parking in abundance.