Since November 2012, drivers at Paris’ Boulogne-Billancourt neighborhood will be able to park their card without having to carry change for one of the many parking machines dotted around the streets.
Boulogne-Billancourt is one of the many neighborhoods in Paris equipped with the new technology. It allows drivers to pay for their parking space without the need to use cash. PayByPhone uses NFC tags and QR codes in parking meters across Paris to let drivers pay through their phone. Drivers can also use mobile apps and over-the-phone payments to make parking easier.
Drivers all over the UK have also benefited from PayByPhone’s innovative solution. PayByPhone works with local authorities all over the country, including Aberdeen and South Ayrshire in Scotland to Manchester, the Lake District, York and Newcastle down to South Gloucestershire, Swindon and the Isle of Wight. Ten London Boroughs also provide PayByPhone parking services, including Westminster, Lambeth, Hackney and City of London. Many more councils will be launching the service in the coming months.
The parking solution was recently installed in the Lodnon Borough of Haringey, after great success in the rest of the country. Councillor Nilgun Canver, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We are very happy to be working with PayByPhone. The fact that over 2 million motorists have already registered to use the service in London gives us confidence that this system is practical and popular. There are a range of payment methods available which should suit everyone. I hope residents find this very easy to use and much less hassle than trying to find coins for the machine”
PayByPhone proves that certain sectors are definitely ready to abandon cash and embrace new payment technologies.