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New cashless parking machines could be coming to Swale

Published Monday 14 March, 2022
Last updated on Monday 14 March, 2022

Drivers won’t need to scrabble around for the right change to pay for parking if councillors agree plans to roll out new payment machines.

Swale Borough Council’s cabinet are being asked to approve the replacement of 38 payment units in its car parks.

The new units would still take cash payments and offer the RingGo payment option, but would also accept card payments as well as the ability to pay by smartphone using Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Currently, people can use cash to pay for their parking, or use the RingGo app, website or phone service.

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“The last few years have seen a trend of fewer people using cash to pay for their parking, thanks to the take up of the RingGo service.

“We want to build on this success and make it even easier for people to pay by including the option of using bank cards or smartphone apps like Apple or Google Pay.

“I want to emphasise that this doesn’t mean people can’t use cash to pay for parking - we know a good number of users like to pay that way. We just want people to have the choice to pay in other ways if they find it more convenient.”

Cabinet will be discussing the plans at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 16 March, and the report on the proposals can be found on the council website.

If approved, installation of the new machines is expected to begin later in the spring.