24/09/2013 17:12:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
Hunting for coins to feed the parking meter is no longer necessary as RingGo has been named as the borough’s pay-by-phone operator.
The new service goes live on Monday 30 September, offering residents, shoppers and visitors a simple and efficient way of paying to park their cars in council-owned car parks, but not in parking bays at present.
A quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service, RingGo lets motorists pay for their parking with a credit or debit card, rather than using cash at a machine. They need simply park their car, contact RingGo by smartphone app, telephone, SMS or online, and pay the parking charge via their phone. I really welcome this as I use it in other parts of London and the country and find that my usual lack of change is no longer a problem.
You can pre-register online by going to www.myRingGo.co.uk/register or registration can occur at the time of parking, either by using the RingGo apps or by calling 020 3046 0010.
Councillor Phil Thomas, cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “This is good news for motorists – no more scrabbling about for change, or having to run through pouring rain to get a ticket from a machine that might be a hundred yards away.
The RingGo system was chosen at the end of a successful cashless parking trial in our car parks because it offered the greatest ease of use for customers, a reliable service and the best value for money for council taxpayers.
And, unlike some local authorities, Croydon makes no convenience charge to users of the service, so this is another benefit to our customers.”