Pay for parking in Lewes district with phone app instead of money

Motorists will be able to pay using their mobile phones instead of cash in Lewes District.

Motorists will be able to pay using their mobile phones instead of cash in Lewes District.

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Parking tickets being blown of the dashboard could become a thing of the past thanks to cashless parking being rolled out in Lewes District this week.

Cashless mobile phone parking will be offered as an alternative to pay and display parking with coins from Wednesday October 1.

With phone parking there is no need to display a ticket as parking officers check which vehicles have paid using internet connected devices.

The service will be provided by RingGo with a mobile phone app, enabling motorists to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash.

The app works with a range of smartphones, but motorists will also be able to call a standard rate telephone number to pay for their parking.

First time users will be asked for information about the vehicle, the four or five digit location code (shown on the sign) and details of the payment card.

Once registered, RingGo recognises the mobile phone and retrieves the information given.

Motorists will be able to top up their parking if they are running late or simply need a bit longer in town. Motorists will be able to choose (at an additional charge) whether to receive alerts 10 minutes before the paid for parking time is due to expire.

Parking machines will continue to accept coins.