Ringgo mobile parking launches in Somerset, UK

Taunton Deane Borough Council will become the first local authority in Somerset to deploy the RingGo service following its launch planned for the 1st December.
The Council has a track record of leadership in parking matters having notably been the first in the county to employ its own parking attendants, taking on the monitoring and enforcement roles from the police.

The implementation has been undertaken as part of a programme of works to improve pay and display parking in the Borough. The aims are to make parking easier for motorists who may not be carrying the loose change that is normally required to feed conventional machines. The introduction is also expected to boost trade in both Taunton and nearby Wellington as it overcomes the problems drivers face in judging how much time to buy to avoid getting a penalty.

RingGo is already being used locally by motorists that park either in First Great Western's car park at Taunton Station or at both the Northbound and Southbound sides of Taunton Deane Services which is operated by RoadChef.

Mindful of the need to keep mobile phone costs to a minimum for users, the RingGo service will be offered on a local Taunton number that will be displayed on signboards and machines. The sophisticated technology that underpins RingGo detects the calling line identity of each caller and utilises it to confirm the identity of the mobile phone that is being used.

RingGo's central data vaults will hold the registration numbers of vehicles for which parking has been paid. Parking attendants will be able to check the system using their handheld parking devices to check on cars without a ticket on display. If the vehicle is listed, no penalty will be issued.

The new system is seen as a win-win solution for both the Council and motorists. Drivers will gain flexibility while the Council will see a reduction in the number of coins going into parking machines leading eventually to a reduction in the costs of collecting the cash.

"This new technology will mean that we are the first council in the South West to offer this service. It means shoppers, for instance, will be able to renew their car park ticket without leaving the shops and won't have to return to the car park to do it," said Council Leader, Councillor Ross Henley.
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