Shoppers and workers are getting wise to a new cheap and easy way to park their cars in the city for the day, literally without taking a coin from their own pockets.
The fact that a city centre parking space costs just €1 a day is probably the most appealing aspect of the ‘park-by-text’ service, but other conveniences have not been lost on discerning motorists. One local business owner, David Brander, of Ormonde Electrical, is a recent convert to the system. He used to park on the outskirts and walk in, but if he’s early enough, there’s generally spaces right outside the shop on New Street.
“It saves fumbling around for coins or displaying receipts or that kind of thing,” he says.
“It’s also cheaper – €1 for the whole day, so I’m saving like €20 for the week.”
It’s quite easy too – all you need is a phone, a debit/credit card, and your registration plate. Traffic wardens can easily check their own phones so they know who is compliant with the scheme as well.
While some users were initially wary of the new technology, it is catching on. The scheme has now spread to Jacob Street, New Street, Walkin Street, Gaol Road, Dominic Street, Blackmill Street, Greensbridge Street, Vicar Street, Wolfe Tone Street, Ballybough Street, Dublin Road.
Designated zones are identified with a Red Line around the area and ‘Park by Phone’ printed on the roadway. Drivers just need to register with Park Magic. They can deposit money into their ParkMagic account and use it to pay for parking. When credit runs low, drivers can top up over the phone, on the www.parkmagic.net or by an app. For more, call 0818-220107 or see www.parkmagic.net