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RingGo helps local authorities and parking adapt to the new normal

Peter O’Driscoll, managing director at RingGo

RingGo has been working to ensure safety for motorists with local authorities and parking operators.

RingGo has been measuring the impact of the ease of lockdown on mobility through its Parking Barometer, while providing tailored signage, adjusting app experiences, increasing usage of cashless options and even helping with removal of parking machines in some areas.

“As the UK starts moving again, we are happy to see that an increasing number of cities are adopting new ‘touch free’ parking payment solutions. These solutions represent the safe option for consumers and businesses. Together with parking operators, we are working to make using apps instead of parking machines the new norm, doing our part to help keep people healthy,” said Peter O’Driscoll, managing director, RingGo.

“However, at RingGo, we are aware of the challenges that come with transitioning to cashless payments, so we are working around the clock to help our partners implement these changes and inform the public of the benefits and ease of use.”

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, over the past few months RingGo has worked to re-configure thousands of parking zones nationwide to display, via the RingGo app, helpful information about charging for parking, or in a few instances suspended parking. This was aimed at supporting councils and operators, and their customers, by providing instruction, guidance and advice on parking restrictions. Additionally, RingGo was able to help provide vital information for key workers about provisions made for them in specific areas. As more discussions take place, and the decision to revert parking charges are taken, it will continue to be important to communicate effectively with motorists.

Significant changes to parking schemes, ushered in by COVID-19, have included North Devon Council promoting the use of RingGo and removing the convenience fee; Plymouth Council parking charges in city centre car parks are now cashless with plans to make all the council’s parking machines cash-free by the end of summer; Barnsley Council has made all its parking cashless; Redcar and Cleveland Council removed 58 parking machines.

Many other councils including South Hams & West Devon, Lancaster, Tunbridge Wells, Nottingham, Gravesham Borough, Rother District and Medway are all encouraging the use of RingGo to keep visitors to the area safe.

Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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