The 20p convenience fee for using RingGO to pay for parking in Wycombe District Council car parks is to be dropped.
Wycombe District Council is to absorb the 20p convenience fee charged for using RingGO, the service that enables drivers to pay for parking using their mobile phone.
Cllr Julia Adey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: ‘We have taken this decision to help residents visiting our high streets and malls, especially over the Christmas shopping season.
As residents will know, we have suffered an unprecedented run of thefts and vandalism to our car parking machines. The amount of money the vandals have stolen has been tiny compared to the huge cost of replacing or repairing the machines.
We are currently replacing damaged machines with cash-free machines, while our officers investigate longer-term solutions. We will carry out a full impact assessment before deciding on a new, permanent solution.‘
Additional savings can also be made by motorists of they untick the option for a reminder or a receipt SMS text as these are services that are charged for.
An investigation into the parking system is running alongside a review of all aspects of Wycombe District Council car parks.
The Council is currently considering responses to a car parking survey that was conducted recently. The public feedback to the survey can be viewed at www.wycombe.gov.uk/parking-feedback.