From September 2009, the town of Caluire-et-Cuire(near Lyon in France) will offer motorists the possibility of paying for parking by bank card.
Paris, 2nd July 2009 The town of Caluire-et-Cuire, part of the Greater Lyon Area, recently issued a call for tenders to extend the provision of paid parking facilities. This included the acquisition of fourteen parking meters, of which thirteen accept payment both by bank card and coins. Parkeons bid, with its Strada parking meter, was accepted by the town to offer its motorists a wider range of on-street parking services.
Payment by bank cardThe town of Caluire-et-Cuire wishes to enable users to pay for parking in the easiest and most practical way possible. In this regard, Caluire-et-Cuire wanted its parking meters to accept not only coin payments but also payment by bank card.
Bank cards are favoured by the majority of French people, with 57 million cards in circulation and 6 billion transactions carried out every year. They have some major advantages: most users carry them in their pockets and they now enable the user to pay the amount that corresponds exactly to the parking time needed, whereas the probability of having coins, especially in the right quantity, is much more remote. Today, more than 70 towns and cities in France have adopted bank card payment for their parking meters: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Vincennes, Levallois-Perret, La Rochelle, Besançon, Caen, Bayonne, ...