Jim Deignan, managing director, Payzone and Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) advertising the new scheme

A TICKETLESS payment method for parking cars will soon be introduced to Fingal.
Parking Tag is a pay-by-phone service operated by Payzone, in which registered motorists can text or call to pay for parking instead of having to use the pay and display model.
Payment is taken from a registered credit or debit card, and users will also be texted a reminder 10 minutes before their parking time expires.
Parking Tag was launched over four years ago, and has over 30,000 registered users.
It is enforced by Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and the system will now expand to include the Fingal and South Dublin areas.
Managing director of Payzone Ireland, Jim Deignan, said: “Payzone is delighted to announce the expansion of the Parking Tag park by phone initiative to the wider Dublin area.
“This will provide an all-encompassing parking solution that consumers can take advantage of no matter where they park in the city.”
Swords councillor Darragh Butler (FF) said he uses the Parking Tag system in Dublin city centre.
“I’m delighted to see it coming to the Fingal area,” he told the Gazette.
“It saves you from having to have coins, and it saves you from guessing how long you’ll be there.”
Malahide councillor Cian O’Callaghan (Ind) said: “I think it’s very positive. Not only would it be good for people individually because it’s more convenient for them, but hopefully it will help some of the local businesses.
“If someone has paid for an hour’s parking and they’re staying a bit later in a coffee shop or whatever, they’ll be able to top up that way.
“You often don’t know when you’re parking how long you’re going to be there, so hopefully in that sense it will help local businesses.”
To use the Parking Tag system, motorists should check local signage and look for the two-letter zone code and pay by texting Park Zone Time to 53111.
For example, Park DA 60 means parking in zone DA for one hour.
Alternatively, they can call 01 244 9999 and follow the instructions. To extend the parking time, an additional text or call can be made.
The service charges a monthly fee of €0.50 per vehicle, and each text reminder costs €0.20. The cancellation fee also cost €5 + VAT.
The Parking Tag mobile app will also be launched in September.
For more information, zones and instructions, log on to www.parkingtag.ie.