Winchester residents are having mixed reactions over the City Council’s recent announcement that it will be introducing the contactless car parking payment service RingGo around the city centre. This new system is designed to be a “quick” and “secure” alternative to standard machines.
The system works by having the people who park wherever these machines are operated download the RingGo app, selecting the amount of time they need, and putting in their card details.
Bethany Joseph, a Winchester resident, told WINOL: “I find it much easier but I’ve had to help out a few older people who couldn’t figure out the system,” and that this system is “good for us young people, not so good for those not used to these systems.”
Another resident, Abi Carr, told WINOL: “I find the RingGo App really good especially when it’s raining or you’re in a rush, however I think for some people like those without smartphones or those who aren’t good with technology it could be a pain.”
While there has been no official statement from Winchester City Council regarding these concerns, the Council has been active on social media assisting with these issues. The Council has also been branding the introduction of the new system with the hashtags “#mucheasier” and “#easyparking” to raise spirits about the change.