Phone and Pay cashless parking to be trialled in Tamworth
A new cashless parking scheme which will allow motorists in Tamworth to pay for their car parking using their mobile phones is to be trialled in the town centre for 18 months.
The ‘Phone and Pay’ cashless parking scheme, provided by Bemrose Mobile, will be tested out in all nine of Tamworth’s council-run car parks from the beginning of February – and may become permanent if it is a success.
The 18-month trial will provide motorists with a quick, easy and safe way to pay for parking in advance, as well as benefiting from additional features such as text confirmation that parking has been booked and a reminder when the session is due to expire. Motorists will also have the facility to extend parking sessions via phone, text or app, allowing shoppers and visitors to stay longer in the town centre without having to return to the car.
During the 18 months of the trial, the existing pay and display machines will still be in operation in the car parks, giving motorists the option to continue paying by cash.
The cashless system will also provide a boost to hotel guests, visitors and commuters by providing on overnight stay option, which means motorists can pay to park overnight without fear of penalty.
The cashless parking trial was approved by members of the Council’s Cabinet. Cllr Rob Pritchard, Cabinet member for Operations and Assets, said: “Cashless parking is a much more flexible system, which we hope will make things easier for motorists and will encourage them to stay for longer in the town centre.”
“It will also provide a boost to traders, hotels and restaurants, as visitors will not have to rush back to their cars to avoid a parking ticket. It is a quick and secure way to pay for parking, which will be of benefit to motorists and the town centre.”
The trial will not cost Tamworth Borough Council anything, as the equipment, signage and software will be provided free of charge by Bemrose Mobile.
Cabinet members also approved an 18-month trial of an Automatic Number Plate Recognition System at Tamworth’s three busiest car parks – Bolebridge Island, Aldergate and Holloway.
The trial will start in April and will involve the installation of ANPR cameras and new pay and display machines at the three car parks. The cameras will recognise the number plate of vehicles and log the time of entry and purchase of a pay and display ticket or cashless transaction.
The ANPR trial is being funded by a £50,000 government grant through Bemrose Mobile.
The results of both trials will be studied at the end of the 18-month period. If the systems prove to be a success, Tamworth Borough Council would look to go out to tender for a permanent provider.