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Cashless parking being introduced in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:58 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 March 2017

Traders are worries about older customers in Barking and Dagenham who prefer to pay in cash

Traders are worries about older customers in Barking and Dagenham who prefer to pay in cash

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A new cashless parking scheme is being introduced in Barking and Dagenham at the end of this month.

Drivers looking to park will only be able to pay for parking by using RingGo and their credit and debit cards once the system is up and running.

Car parks such as The Heathway Mall, Faircross Parade, Civic Centre, Stour Road, London Road, Fiddlers shopping parade and Roycraft House have already upgraded their pay and display machines.

Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “Cashless parking means motorists will be able to park for longer while not having to go back to their car and put in more change if paying by phone.

“This initiative is part of our latest drive to make parking easier for motorists and is one of the changes introduced following widespread consultation about parking - such as the decision to introduce free 30 minutes parking at shopping parades.”

The scheme will also include cheaper parking permits for electric or hybrid cars, free half hour parking, permits for carers, more cycling bays and tougher enforcements on parking near schools.

There will be no more cash machines in the borough from Friday, March 31.


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