Belfast Telegraph

Cashless parking system rolled out

A cashless parking payment system is to be extended to towns across Northern Ireland.

Motorists in Newry, Derry, Lisburn and Omagh will be able to use credit or debit cards, said Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy.

He said: "The scheme provides a viable alternative to coins at parking machines, allowing a credit/debit card payment substitute and it gives people a convenient way to extend their parking stay."

It works by using a phone call at the start and end of the parking session. Payment is taken from the card at the end of the month. Customers can register for the service online or over the phone.

The UUP minister added: "With Parkmobile's start/stop approach, motorists no longer have to accurately predict the length of their stay. This will free up people from having to return to their vehicle if they want to stay longer, provided they do not exceed the maximum permitted stay period shown on the signs.

"Nearly 40,000 calls have been recorded since the scheme's introduction last February, a clear indication that motorists have benefited from using the Belfast service, and it makes sense to give other towns which have pay and display parking the same opportunity to make use of the scheme."

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