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For the first time, Huntingdonshire District Council is introducing a cashless parking system within its car parks to provide motorists with a more convenient way to pay for parking.
The "Phone and Pay" system, is being introduced from today (Mon 3rd March) initially across 12 of the district’s long stay car parks, and then in a further 11 short stay car parks.
Motorists will benefit from features such as text confirmation that parking has been booked and a reminder text when a parking session is due to expire. Motorists will have the facility to extend parking sessions via phone, SMS or Smartphone application, allowing shoppers and visitors to stay longer without having to rush back to purchase another ticket from a pay and display machine, or move their car. There will be no transaction or SMS charges for the first year that the service is in operation.
Councillor Darren Tysoe, whose executive responsibilities include car park management, said: "Cashless parking is a much more flexible system which will provide a quick, easy and safe way for motorists to pay for parking sessions via their mobile phone, in addition to the existing pay and display machines which will remain in place. We also hope it will encourage motorists to stay for longer in the town centre."
To use the new service, motorists can pre-register their vehicles online at the website on the right, download the app by searching for "Phone and Pay parking", call 01480 270636 or text their vehicle registration number to 07786 207708.