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28th May, 2022

Cashless payment option proposed for Rugby's council-run car parks

CASHLESS payments could soon be an option at council-run car parks in Rugby.

Rugby Borough Council (RBC) plans to offer residents the option of paying for parking via smartphone app, phone call, SMS message or online – and it wants to hear residents’ views.

Once registered on the payment system, residents would just need to provide the car park’s location code, length of time to park, and a three digit payment card security code.

The similar ‘RingGo’ system is currently used at various on-street parking locations in Rugby run by Warwickshire County Council.

Coun Derek Poole, RBC’s deputy leader and spokesman for regulation and safety, said councils across the country were increasingly offering cashless payment for parking.

He said: “The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of cashless payment across a wide range of our everyday activities, from banking to food shopping.

“During the pandemic we received a number of enquiries from customers who want to pay for parking via a cashless system, and we’re looking at introducing an app which allows residents to pay via a smartphone app, mobile or online.

“Before pushing ahead with our plans, it’s important we hear what residents think about offering a cashless payment system so we can make sure our payment options reflect the needs of car park users.”

RBC runs car parks in Chestnut Field, Evreux Way, Gas Street, Little Church Street, Newbold Road, North Street, Old Market Place, Railway Terrace, Westway, and the John Barford multi-storey.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Monday April 14.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/consultation to take part.

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