MOTORISTS will be able to pay to park their cars in Sunderland city centre by using a free mobile phone app from Tuesday.
Seven pay-and-display carparks, including the Civic Centre, Boughton Street, Charles Street, Gorse Road, Nile Street, Tatham Street and West Wear Street will be subject to the new scheme.
Once registered at www.sunderland.gov.uk/phoneandpay or by phoning 500 0306, there is also a choice to pay over the phone, by text, or online.
The phone-and-pay app is available to download from the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices
The scheme also covers 10, on-street parking locations and is designed to give drivers more choice and convenience, when it comes to parking in the city centre.
Sunderland City Council’s deputy leader, Harry Trueman said: “We’ve all been in situations where we’re desperately hunting around to find enough loose change to feed the meter, or where we’re rushing to get back to the car before the ticket runs out.
“This is about making it easier and more convenient for motorists and giving them more flexibility and choice when it comes to paying for their parking. It’s been well received elsewhere and we hope motorists will respond positively.”
In addition to the parking fee, the service will be completely free for the first three months. From August 6, each transaction will cost 20p. Optional confirmation messages and reminders are 15p.
The new system will sit alongside the current one, so people will still be able to pay for parking using cash.
On-street locations include Foyle Street, Frederick Street, Norfolk Street, West Sunniside, Bridge Street, Laura Street, Charles Street, Villiers Street, High Street and Toward Road.