MOTORISTS can now pay for parking in St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s off-street car parks using their mobile phones or debit and credit cards.
The RingGo ‘cashless car parking service’, in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, costs a flat rate of 20p in addition to the normal charge.
To use the new facility, motorists can use a smartphone app, call 020 3046 0010, send a text message or pay via the myRingGo website.
No tickets are issued as parking attendants check that vehicles have paid using special mobile phones linked to the central data system.
There is an optional text alert to advise when parking is due to expire and the chance to top up visits by mobile phone.
Cllr Terry Clements, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “This new way of paying means you don’t have to visit the ticket machine or find the correct change.”
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bid4Bury, added: “It provides flexibility for visitors to extend their stay.
“Our businesses tell me they lose customers when they have to rush off for fear of getting a parking fine so the new scheme should address this issue.”