Motorists in Lincoln will now be able to pre-book parking spaces and pay on the go using their mobile phone in two car parks in the city centre.
City of Lincoln Council has become the first authority in England to use Parkonomy, which allows customers to make advance bookings and online payments without needing to remember change for the pay and display machine.
The two car parks chosen for this scheme are on Lucy Tower Street and Chaplin Street, which hold 433 and 101 spaces respectively.
Customers search for their chosen car park on Parkonomy’s website and are directed to a page where they can make their payment.
Jim Harrow, Head of Business Development at Parkonomy, said: “We work with some of the biggest and most reputable names in the parking industry, and are thrilled to be able to add City of Lincoln Council to that list.
“We are confident that our solution will be hugely beneficial to them too, as their customers will now be able to make convenient advance-bookings and online payments on the go.”
Rod Williamson, City Services Team Leader at City of Lincoln Council, added: “We are delighted to be the first city council to work with Parkonomy, to help our residents and visitors find and book parking spaces ahead of time during the busy festive season.
“We will be providing a link to Parkonomy on our website so that customers can take advantage of everything they have to offer.
“We’re a particularly big fan of their optional SMS messaging service feature, which alerts customers when a parking session is about to expire, and asks them whether they want to extend their booking – a link from the SMS message allows this to be done effortlessly, without needing to return to the car park.”
Bookings for NCP car parks in Lincoln are hoped to be available via the Parkonomy website early in 2016.