Aberdeen City Council is launching cashless payment systems throughout the city, according to the Scotsman (view press release). Motorists can pay for parking using their mobile phones, a system which has been in place in selected car parks for a year. A spokesperson explained: “More than 40,000 transactions have been made through the PayByPhone System since it was introduced to council car parks last December, with 4,500 people signing up to the service in Aberdeen.”
The council is hoping that the cashless parking system will save money by cutting administrative costs, and make parking more convenient. SmartDebit, a Direct Debit collections service, has noted an increase in automated and electronic transactions in response to the new systems.
A representative from the bureau explained, “Cash free payment systems are becoming widespread and are very user friendly and as a result are proving to be extremely popular. Paying by phone means that customers can use an electronic method to pay if they are short of change or decide to stay longer than expected. As more and more people become comfortable with using cards it is expected to be a system that will appear in car parks throughout the UK.”
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