Parking problem solved by mobile phone

The first scheme in the UK which allows drivers to pay for parking by mobile phone has been launched in Scotland.

The mPark facility introduced in Edinburgh aims to save drivers the inconvenience of digging around for loose change.
mpark_logo.gifThe scheme will apply across the city centre of the Scottish capital, where 266 solar-powered pay and display machines have been installed.

Once motorists have registered by phone or computer they can phone a central number to say which machine they are parked next to.

The parking charge is debited from the driver's credit card or bank account. Motorists can be sent a text message reminding them when their time is up.

The technology is based on a similar scheme developed and already in use in Dublin.

Edinburgh City Council is investing L85,000 in a year-long pilot of the Itsmobile project.

Councillor Andrew Burns, executive member for transport and public realm, said: "This is a major innovation for motorists, providing an easy alternative to cash payment.

"We are confident that the flexibility offered by mPark and the payment options offered by our partners will prove popular with motorists and that it will make a positive contribution to the parking service in Edinburgh.

"It is also a major step for the City of Edinburgh Council, representing a significant investment, in the trial year, of some L85,000 ploughed back into improving parking and travel options in Edinburgh."
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