RingGo is a go go!

The notorious coin search for parking is no more in East Hampshire.

East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has launched RingGo cashless parking as an alternative to pay and display in its car parks.

RingGo is an easy to use service which enables users to pay via credit or debit card, instead of having to use cash at a machine (although if you prefer to use cash then you can).

This parking service is accessible over the phone, by text, online or by using a free smartphone app.

When using the app for the first time, users are asked to provide their number plate, colour and make of the vehicle, as well as their payment card details.

Once registered, RingGo recognises your mobile number and retrieves the information given previously.  Each session booked using RingGo will cost the user 20p as well as the parking fee.

Users can also choose to receive an optional text reminder costing 10p, alerting them that their parking time is coming to an end, and if they wish to stay longer, they can top up their time without having to return to their vehicle.

Councillor Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Customer Services, said: “The introduction of convenience services such as RingGo is another way that EHDC is moving with the times.

“In August this year, we installed state-of-the-art solar powered parking meters in all of our car parks and now residents and visitors will be able to use this app to pay for their parking.”

Councillor Richard Millard, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Contracts, said: “If you lose track of time doing your Christmas shopping you can simply extend your parking using your phone.

“This new system will make paying for parking in Alton and Petersfield easier than ever, and that will encourage people to visit our towns and support our local economy.”