New me­ters will en­cour­age park­ing in Sligo - Coun­cil

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

SLIGO County Coun­cil has be­come the lat­est author­ity to in­tro­duce Park­ing Tag, the cash­less mo­bile park­ing pay­ments sys­tem.

The ser­vice al­lows mo­torists to pay for their park­ing via the Park­ing Tag app on their smart­phones, on­line, by SMS or phone call.

The pay by phone ser­vice, which now has over 200,000 mo­torists reg­is­tered in Ire­land.

Cathaoir­leach of Sligo County Coun­cil Coun­cil­lor Martin Baker said “This new ser­vice is very con­ve­nient for mo­torists and will de­liver great ef­fi­cien­cies to the lo­cal coun­cil, avoid­ing the ad­di­tional costs re­lated to in­vest­ing in and main­tain­ing me­ters and col­lect­ing cash.”

The coun­cil hopes will en­cour­age more peo­ple to park in the town, with a pos­i­tive knock on ef­fect for lo­cal busi­nesses.

Park­ing Tag can re­mind users ten min­utes be­fore their park­ing time ex­pires and time can be ex­tended with­out hav­ing to re­turn to the car.

Once reg­is­tered, cus­tomers can park im­me­di­ately and can also take ad­van­tage of day rate park­ing, where avail­able.

One - Off pay­ment op­tions are also avail­able by credit and debit card on­line or through the 3 and Voda­fone Charge to Mo­bile ser­vice and in cer­tain Pay­zone re­tail out­lets – look out for the signs on shop win­dows.

One of the big ad­van­tages for cus­tomers of us­ing Park­ing Tag is that they need not re­turn to their car to display a ticket.

Sligo County Coun­cil has also in­stalled a new fleet of park­ing ticket ma­chines across the paid park­ing area in Sligo.

Many of these new ma­chines in the busier park­ing ar­eas now have the fa­cil­ity to ac­cept con­tact­less debit / credit card pay­ments, mean­ing it is no longer ne­c­es­sary to have coins to hand to pay for park­ing.

Mo­torists can avail of tap and go pay­ment to pur­chase their pay and display tick­ets. Where the new ma­chines only ac­cept coin, cus­tomers can opt to use Park­ing Tag as a cash­less al­ter­na­tive. For full in­struc­tions on how to use the ser­vice visit www.park­ing­tag.ie

Traf­fic war­dens, Eu­gene Hunt, Stephen Reynolds, Cathaoir­leach Martin Baker, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ciaran Hayes and Stephen Burns be­side a new park­ing ma­chine.

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