Cashless parking backed

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Aberdeenshire Council has received positive feedback on the trial of a cashless parking service at Market Square, Stonehaven and is encouraging people to give their views so far.

Earlier this year, councillors approved a six month trial of Parkmobile’s cashless parking service in Stonehaven’s Market Square car park. The service allows customers to pay for parking in Pay and Display Car Parks simply and conveniently using their mobile phone.

Since its launch in June, the service has been used by around 50 individual users (around 100 individual transactions), with many recognising the benefits.

With the trial due to end in November, local residents are being encouraged to try out the service and give the council their feedback by taking part in a short survey available online (www.surveymonkey.com/cashlessparking).

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee Councillor Peter Argyle said: “The cashless parking trial is the latest example of how Aberdeenshire Council is using technology to make people’s daily lives easier to manage.

“Paying to park using a mobile phone will not be for everyone and the council realises this and therefore it is not seen as a replacement to the existing pay and display mechanism, rather it complements this process of car park payment.

“The results of the survey will help the council make a decision on whether this technology should be rolled out to other car parks across the region and I encourage Stonehaven residents and visitors to tell us what they have made of this service.”

Vice chair Councillor Jill Webster added: “The mobile phone parking technology clearly has the potential to deliver significant benefits and the council will consider this before introducing the service to other towns.”

Councillors will be updated on the progress of the trial early in the New Year before a decision on the possible roll-out of the technology is undertaken.

For further information and to take part in the short survey about the scheme, visit the council’s website at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/parkmobile