Pay by Phone for Parking in Dublin

14 August 2013

Following the success of the Parking Tag system, which has been offered in the Dublin City Council area since 2009, Payzone, Ireland’s largest branded consumer payments network, has expanded the park by phone service across the three other Dublin Council districts.  The new enhanced and expanded service now allows Payzone’s 32,000 registered motorists to park and pay by phone in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council areas instantly, in addition to the existing service provided in Dublin City Council parking zones.

Pay by phone users pay for parking by sending an SMS or calling an IVR system.  All it takes is another quick SMS or call to extend parking for an additional period of time – no more rushing out to refill the meter! Payzone will even remind users by text 10 minutes before their parking time expires

Instructions on how to use the service can be seen on and zones are visible on parking signage. You can register online or by calling a dedicated Customer Support Team (0818 300 161). Payment is taken from a registered credit or debit card and the service can be used on any mobile network. Once registered, customers can park immediately and can also take advantage of day rates parking, where available.

APCOA, Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Parking Services (DLRPS) will be using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to verify customers parking. Their scanners will read customers’ registration plates to determine if their parking has been paid for.

Commenting on this latest Payzone announcement, Jim Deignan, Managing Director, Payzone Ireland, said: “Payzone is delighted to announce the expansion of the 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.”

Declan Wallace, Executive Manager, Roads and Traffic, Dublin City Council, said: “Following the success of Parking Tag which has been in use in the City for a number of years, Dublin City Council is delighted that the service has been extended to the other three Dublin Local Authorities making it the Dublin wide Parking Payment solution.”

Councillor Gerry Breen, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, said: “Parking Tag has been a huge success in the Dublin City Council area since its launch in 2009 and I am delighted to see its expansion across the three other Dublin Council districts. It will allow for hassle free parking for motorists and visitors across the whole Dublin region.”

An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Carrie Smyth said, "I am delighted to be here today for the launch of the Parking Tag Service in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The service offers a very quick and easy way to pay for parking and I am sure it will be appreciated by all who use their car throughout the County."

Mayor of Fingal Councillor Kieran Dennison welcomed the extension of Parking Tag in Fingal: "This expanded service will now allow motorists from Fingal to avail of simple SMS technology to park across the Dublin region.  Parking Tag is an excellent example of how an integrated transport management facility makes parking easier and therefore benefits the citizens of the greater Dublin Area and also visitors driving to the capital and surrounding towns and villages."

South Dublin Deputy Mayor Councillor Mick Duff said: ““We welcome the combined introduction of Parking Tag in South Dublin County.  The service will be of great benefit to the Dublin motorists”.

The Parking Tag payment solution is now also available to those who do not want to set up an account or may be only occasional parkers. Simply pay for parking in any Payzone retail outlet (similar to making an M50 toll payment). You do not have to return to your car as the system is updated in real time.
The Parking Tag mobile app will also be launched in September, which will make registering for the service and paying for parking in Dublin even more convenient and user friendly.

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