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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Cashless car parking to be extended

Published 26/11/2012 | 00:19

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Northern Irish motorists will soon be able to pay for public car parking by credit or debit card

Cashless car parking is to be rolled out across Northern Ireland after a two-year pilot.

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The system allows motorists to pay for public car parking by credit or debit card and extend their stay over the telephone without the need to return to their vehicle.

A trial began in Belfast almost two years ago and was then introduced to Londonderry, Lisburn, Newry and Omagh in January.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said it was such a success that Roads Service is now extending it to all pay-and-display car parks in cities and towns across Northern Ireland.

"It makes sense to give other towns which have pay-and-display parking the same opportunity to make use of the scheme," he said.

"The scheme provides a viable alternative to coins at parking machines, allowing a credit or debit card payment substitute and it gives people a convenient way to extend their parking stay."

The system has seen more than 130,000 calls since its introduction last year.

"This is a clear indication that motorists have benefited from using the service," Mr Kennedy said.

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