Sligo County Council introduce cashless parking payments

Sligo County Council introduce cashless parking payments L-R) Eugene Hunt, Traffic Warden, Stephen Reynolds, Traffic Warden, Cathaoirleach Councillor Martin Baker, Chief Executive CiarĂ¡n Hayes, Stephen Burns, Traffic Warden

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

The innovative service, operated by payments network provider Payzone, is now live and operational across Sligo Town.  The service allows motorists to pay for their parking in the most hassle free way possible – 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, also operates in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Fingal, South Dublin, Arklow, Wicklow, Greystones, Bray and Laois, removing the need to use coins at parking meters. 

The 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.” 

With mobile payments technology at your fingertips, motorists now have a convenient, easy form of payment which the council hopes will encourage more people to park in the town, with a positive knock on effect for local businesses. 

Commenting on the announcement, Jim Deignan, Managing Director, Payzone Ireland, said: “By introducing an innovative and hassle free way to pay for parking, Payzone is attracting and encouraging increasing numbers of users to avail of the service in designated local authority areas, driving people back into town centres and contributing to a more vibrant local community. Making life easier for the consumer is at the core of what we do at Payzone. Our aim is to combine parking and payment innovation to continuously improve urban mobility in Ireland.”  

Registered users can pay for parking through the popular Parking Tag app, which now accounts for over 80% of the transactions or via SMS.  Parking Tag can remind users ten minutes before their parking time expires and time can be extended without having to return to the car. 

Sligo County Council will operate twelve parking zones which are visible on local signage in each area. Motorists can register online, on the Parking Tag mobile app or by phone.  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

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