The Labour-led Swansea Council is introducing a special app for city motorists to pay for parking rather than cards or coins at its pay and display machines.
The extra payment option – the new MiPermit app – will benefit a lot of motorists even though traditional cards or coins methods at pay and display machines will still be available.
MiPermit already operates the app service in other towns and cities across the UK, and Swansea motorists can download it on their smart phones enabling them to pay by text or phone.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, cabinet member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “By introducing this app, which is being used successfully by many councils across the UK, we aim to make it more convenient for people to pay for their parking. It is an alternative to the more traditional coins or cash card methods at pay and display machines.
“The app will run alongside more traditional methods of payment because we know that not everyone will want to use it.”
App users will have one of two options after they have parked-up their car at a council pay and display car park.
Option one is to download the app to their iPhone or Android phone and make a one-off payment by inputting their card details. The alternative to that is to download the app and securely register their personal, vehicle and payment details with MiPermit.
The system will then hold their details permanently which will make future payment processes easier. More than one vehicle can be registered by motorists on their accounts.
All parking charges will remain as advertised on the tariff boards in the council car parks.
MiPermit has added an optional facility which allows users to purchase a 10p-a-time reminder text message service to let them know when the time they’ve paid for at the car park is about to run out so they know it’s time to return to their vehicle or top-up their payment.
Customers have already been using the app and have commented on how easy and straightforward it is with one customer saying ‘especially not having to queue in the Swansea weather!’