Pay-by-phone could cut fines

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The introduction of cashless car parking in Sudbury and Hadleigh could help reduce fines.

As part of an 18-month trial, drivers using Station Road car park in Sudbury, and Magdalen Road in Hadleigh, will be able to pay for parking using their phone, the internet, or a debit or credit card.

The service, called RingGo, will mean drivers no longer need to search for loose change before going to the ticket machine.

Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne said he believed the idea would help make paying for parking easier and prevent motorists being hit with unnecessary fines.

“It will make parking more user-friendly and hopefully get more people using the car parks,” said Mr Osborne.

“Anything we can do with modern technology to help residents and visitors is useful.”

One aspect of the service includes a reminder being sent to a driver’s phone when their parking ticket is due to run out.

Last year, nearly £87,000 was collected in fines from the car parks, which are owned by Babergh District Council.

“We firmly believe this hassle-free way to pay to park will be welcomed by many,” said John Hinton, the council’s lead member for environment.

“It also has the added benefit of reducing the risk of people receiving an excess charge notice.

“If visitors have been held up or need longer for shopping, they can simply top up their parking by phone.”