A car parking system in Holmfirth which allows you to pay your fees by mobile phone – and it even texts you a reminder when time is running out? Whatever would Compo and the crew from Summer Wine have made of that modern development?
These plans have now moved a step closer after Kirklees Council announced that the company which will be operating its new cashless parking service is PaybyPhone.
PaybyPhone have been awarded the contract to provide a cashless payment system for parking which will come into operation on April 1.
The new service will give customers the opportunity to pay parking charges via their mobile phones in over 5000 car parking spaces located throughout Kirklees including Holmfirth.
Payment by phone will mean that customers no longer have to carry change when paying for parking. More importantly customers will be able extend their parking time without the need to return to their vehicle (although maximum stay times will still exist for some parking areas). Payments made using the PayByPhone service immediately appear on the handheld computers used by parking enforcement officers.
Customers wanting to use the system from April 1 can register when they first use the service at the car park or on-street parking area, or they can pre-register at https://paybyphone.co.uk
Payments and statements can be monitored easily and securely on the PayByPhone website.
Customers can also use mobile apps, mobile internet, request reminder texts and even send texts to start their parking session.
All details of the new service, together with instructions, will be provided on the existing pay and display machines before April 1. The existing pay-and-display arrangements can still be used.
Cllr David Sheard, Kirklees Cabinet member for Streetscene, told the Valley website: “This new system will be a great help to all motorists and make it much easier to pay for parking plus the ability to keep your parking payment topped up without having to return to the car park to do so.”