A parking app known as AppyParking has formed a partnership with Westminster Council to launch a pay-as-you-go mobile payment solution, which is aimed at trying to reduce the number of parking fines van drivers receive.
The app is designed to make parking less stressful and more convenient for van drivers. It allows drivers to see where the nearest parking spaces are and whether or not they’re available. A positive for the use of this technology is the addition of the pay-as-you-go option called One Click Parking. This feature allows drivers to pay through their mobile once they have vacated the parking space.
This handy tool also gets rid of the need for LCV drivers to guess how long they need to pay for parking because the app only charges you for the time that is spent in the parking space instead of having to purchase a full hour for maybe only a 10 minute stay.
Each vehicle is fitted with a dongle that connects to the internet, with the device detecting when the vehicle is parked. Once it is on the move again, AppyParking will send an email notification detailing the stay including the total time & cost.
The firm is planning to roll out the pay-as-you-go system to other London boroughs when their parking payment agreements come up for renewal, with the eventual aim of the system covering the whole of the UK by the end of 2018.
Dan Hubert, CEO of AppyParking said a disproportionate level of parking income and fines come from London, adding: “Every day fleet businesses are on the roads and it is impossible to predict how long an appointment or emergency may take. One Click Parking will take the pressure out of parking and benefit the local area by reducing congestion and pollution that comes from unnecessarily circling round the block.”
Cllr Danny Chalkley, Westminster City Council cabinet member for parking, said: “Our pioneering work has changed the way parking operates in the city. We continue to be a council that innovates in many ways, helping to advance our city so that businesses, tourism and our residents can thrive.”