Winchester City Council transfers to cashless parking with RingGo

Winchester City Council has moved to a cheaper, COVID-19 Secure, telephone parking operator throughout the district, which will begin from 23 November 2020.

Motorists will now be able to pay for their parking through the RingGo parking app, enabling them to do so without the need to touch a keypad at charging points. There is no additional charge to use the RingGo service therefore paying by cash or phone costs the same.

Motorists who haven’t yet registered with RingGo, simply need to provide a few details to use the new service. This can be done either by downloading the free RingGo app from the App Store or Google Play Store. Alternatively, they can visit RingGo.co.uk online and register via the website or calling 01962 650600 at the time they wish to park.

Cllr Martin Tod, Cabinet Member for Service Quality and Innovation at Winchester City Council, said: “We’re really pleased to be moving to RingGo phone parking for all our car parks.  It’s letting us scrap the 30p 'convenience charge' for paying with a phone – and also means that, for the first time, visitors to Bishops Waltham, Alresford and Wickham can pay with a phone if they don’t have any cash.  

Our priority is to provide residents and visitors with the option for a quick, safe and completely contactless payment via the RingGo app or a quick phone call – and it won’t cost anything extra.”

Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director at RingGo agrees, adding: “RingGo has been offered in Winchester’s park and ride sites since 2013, and by many neighbouring councils for several years, so we are delighted to be extending that reach to car parks across the district. 

“Usage of RingGo has increased tremendously over recent months as people have sought an alternative to touching shared buttons on machines. Winchester City Council’s action today, in removing the differential between cash and cashless payments, will only help this process further.”