New ‘PayByPhone’ parking service for Fareham

NEXT WEEK will see another new parking service in Fareham with the introduction of the ‘PayByPhone’ system that can be used across the town centre from Monday, July 26.

Successful schemes have been launched across the country over recent months including Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. It now has a new partner in the name of Fareham Borough Council.

The service is being rolled out to 11 car parks within the town centre and will allow visitors to not only pay for their parking via an app on their mobile phone, but also to top up their parking remotely if their visit is going to take longer than expected.

Each car park will have its own location code and signs with designated phone numbers should be available if anybody has an issue with any aspect of the new system.

Parking machines will display a QR code which visitors can scan using their mobile phones. This will take them directly to their app store where they can register and download the app. From then getting the PayByPhone app onto phones could not be easier and should just take a few minutes using Google Play Store or other app download software; those who have issues are advised to contact their providers for advice.

It has been confirmed that cash and card payments will still be available at all the car parks as usual without any changes, with the new PayByPhone system simply providing another string to the bows of busy visitors to the town centre.

Details such as car registration numbers and driver information will likely need to be imputed before any payment is permitted.

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection Councillor Trevor Cartwright said in a Fareham Borough Council press release: “We are pleased to introduce this service in a bid to make town centre parking as easy and convenient for visitors as possible.

“Particularly in the wake of the pandemic, fewer people use and carry cash, so this hands-free option is not only simpler but also more hygienic.”

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