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Cash free parking scheme extended throughout city
An easy cash-free way to pay for parking in Aberdeen is being rolled out across the Granite City.
PayByPhone, which allows motorists to pay for their parking over the phone, instead of buying a parking ticket, and extend their parking time without returning to their vehicle, has been available in the council-run car parks for a year.
The scheme has proven so popular with customers that Aberdeen City Council has decided to make it available in all pay and display parking areas.
More than 40,000 transactions have been made through the PayByPhone system since it was introduced to council car parks last December, with 4,500 people signing up to the service in Aberdeen.
Council leader and Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure convener Barney Crockett said: "The PayByPhone service has proven to be extremely popular with people using council car parks and I am sure the extension of the scheme across the city will be welcomed by all.
"Cash-free payment systems are widely used for parking across the UK and are very user friendly. The reminder and top-up facilities are particularly useful and allow people to go about their business knowing they don't have to dash back to their vehicle to renew a parking ticket. The PayByPhone extension will make it easier to shop, socialise, visit, and do business throughout Aberdeen."
Motorists can register to use PayByPhone at any time. To use the service for the first time, drivers simply register their vehicle and payment card, then continue to make their payment via their mobile phone. Registration and payment can be made by phone, text, online, mobile web or the PayByPhone app.
When registering for PayByPhone, consumers can also choose to receive text reminders which tell them when the parking session is about to expire, so they can extend it without returning to their car. Payments and statements can be monitored easily and securely on the PayByPhone website.
Motorists using the system will not have a ticket to display on their vehicles. City wardens can check the status of the vehicles by entering the registration number into their handheld devices, which are automatically updated when a motorist makes a payment.
The scheme is being extended from today [Monday, 4 March] and motorists are advised to register for the scheme ahead of using it for the first time.
For more information visit www.paybyphone.co.uk