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Saturday 20 September 2014

Mobile parking options outside the Pale

Published 24/07/2014 | 00:00

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Stress free: Aideen Sheehan found paying for parking through her phone was easy and convenient.

Drivers in other Irish cities can also avail of pay by phone parking.

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Around 15,000 motorists are signed up to the Parkmagic system which operates in 
on-street parking areas of Cork, Limerick and Ennis, as well as certain roads in Kilkenny.

It can also be used in a number of private parking spots such as Connolly Hospital in Dublin, Sligo General Hospital, the Bray Bowl beside Bray Dart Station and Navan Road Parkway beside Phoenix Park railway.

Parkmagic is operated by the same company which runs tolltags.ie, an automated tolling system for use on the M50 and motorways.

Users of this system can register online at parkmagic.ie, by phone at 061 311422 or via their ParkMagic app.

You get a sticker for the car window and pay in advance by credit or debit card and then have the cost of parking deducted from your account.

There's also the option of purchasing top-up vouchers at Post Offices around the country and you then pay to park by phone or the app.

The advantage of the system is that while you sometimes have to pay a minimum parking charge when paying with coins - such as €2 for two hours in Limerick - with this, you can pay less for shorter amounts of time.

It also lets you make online reservations for discounted rates at certain airport carparks including Quick Park in Dublin and Airport View in Cork.

And you can reserve parking at certain Q-Park carparks around Ireland and Britain. As with ParkingTag, motorists pay the standard council parking rates.

Irish Independent

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