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Cashless car parking coming to the Cotswolds!

With effect from Friday 15 November, residents across the Cotswolds will be able to pay for parking by phone using their debit and credit cards at car parks owned by Cotswold District Council. Season ticket holders will also be requested to renew their payments using a cashless payment method.

All the car parks, will display details about the new scheme, enabling motorists to opt for cashless payments via phones as an alternative to using the coin-operated machines provided at each location. This option will also be available at the Chipping Car park Tetbury, which is managed but not owned by the Council.

The telephone payment method will carry a 10p surcharge.

Once users have registered for the service, details of the vehicle registration and parking time purchased will be entered on a database so that Civil Enforcement Officers can check that vehicles have paid for their parking. Although the system is paperless, users will be able to obtain a receipt online if they require one. This system provides far greater flexibility as motorists will be able to pay for an extension to their stay in the car park via their mobile phones without having to return to their vehicle.

Season ticket holders will be notified about the new cashless payment arrangements when the time comes to renew their permits. There will no longer be a £15 administrative charge to make changes, such as vehicle registration details on permits, as customers will be able to do this themselves free online with immediate effect – if they do need assistance, they can telephone the Council on 01285 623000. Although the new ‘virtual permit’ system only allows for one car to be registered at a time (unlike the existing system which allows a default of two vehicle registration numbers per permit) users switching registrations will no longer be limited to one alternative number.

Commenting on the changes, Cllr Barry Gibbs, the Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Parking, said:

“Residents have been requesting cashless parking for some time and we are always keen to make parking as flexible as possible. As a result, we are delighted to offer this alternative method of paying for the service. The system we have chosen is already used extensively across the UK so we are anticipating a very smooth introduction.

“We will be contacting season ticket holders about the switch to virtual permits and we don’t anticipate any major problems. We will offer a telephone service to users who wish to renew and do not want to use the Internet, and every customer will be able to obtain a receipt.”

Posted : 30/10/2013 18:34:27

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