Mobile phones can now be used to pay for parking in Mid Devon
MID Devon drivers can now pay to park in council-owned car parks using their mobile phone.
Mid Devon District Council is the latest local authority to introduced the scheme which is being run by RingGo which provides the optional cashless payment service.
Once registered with RingGo, motorists call a standard rate telephone number after parking their car.
They then key in a four-digit identification code from their mobile to notify their location, give their car registration details and authorise the district council to charge their credit or debit card.
Exeter City Council car parks task and finish group considered the scheme last year 2012 but had concerns about the effect it could have on council revenue because of the percentage charge that is deducted from every transaction to cover processing costs.
Paul Williams, head of Mid Devon's environmental services, who championed the scheme's introduction, said it would benefit local residents and visitors.
He said: "Each day hundreds of cars park in our pay and display car parks and we recognise that not everyone carries loose change.
"We're in the business of making life easier for our customers and many will find mobile payment more convenient and also allow people to extend their stay for as long as they want without having to return to put more money in the ticket machine."
Using the service costs a flat rate of 20p and this is in addition to a car park's normal parking charges.