Parking made easy with introduction of phone payments

Motorists in Ealing are now able to pay for parking using their mobile phones thanks to a new council service.

This new convenient and secure system, in being operated for the council by PayByPhone, and offers motorists a cashless way of paying for parking. Pay and display machines will continue to be available.

To use the system, motorists need to register their details with PayByPhone online athttp://www.paybyphone.co.uk/ or by calling 0208 127 0999, and then they can use their mobile phone to pay for parking. The parking fees will be charged to their registered credit or debit card.

With this system, users can also choose to receive reminder texts so they always know when a parking session is about to end.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We want to make paying for parking as simple as possible and this additional method of payment will do this. It allows motorists more flexibility and is a stress free way of paying for parking. It’s quick and secure – meaning no more hunting for the right change. The text alerts also mean that motorists no longer need to hurry back to their vehicle as they can use their mobile phone to top up from wherever they are.”

Later in January, residents will also be able to use their phones to pay for visitors to park inside their Controlled Parking Zone. The account will be linked to a phone number, whether it be mobile or landline, registered to the resident’s address.