Pay by phone parking extends out to new Council areas.

07 April 2014

Motorists have received good news today with the announcement that Parking Tag, the popular pay by phone parking service, has expanded to Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and outside of Dublin for the first time, to Arklow Town Council and Wicklow Town Council.  Operated by Payzone, Ireland’s largest branded consumer payments network, Parking Tag allows motorists to pay for their parking by phone, using a registered debit or credit card.

The Parking Tag service, which has over 47,000 motorists registered, already allows motorists to instantly park and pay by phone in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council areas, without the need to use change at parking meters.

Account holders pay for parking by sending an SMS or through the Parking Tag mobile app.  Motorists can also extend their parking time remotely using these same channels. Parking Tag will even remind users by text 10 minutes before their parking time expires.

Instructions on how to use the service are available on and zones are visible on local signage in each area. Motorists can register online or on the Parking Tag mobile app.  Once registered, customers can park immediately and can also take advantage of day rate parking, where available.

Commenting on the announcement, Jim Deignan, Managing Director, Payzone Ireland, said: “Payzone is delighted to announce the launch of the Parking Tag park by phone initiative in Arklow Town, Dún Laoghaire Harbour and Wicklow Town. The service is proving extremely popular for motorists and is reflected in the growing numbers of registered accounts and transactions per week.  This is a service that we see extending into many other towns throughout Ireland and we are very encouraged by the discussions and feedback we are getting from other local authorities around the country.”

Acting Town Clerk at Arklow Town Council, Michael McNamara, said: “Parking Tag is an innovative and convenient way to pay for parking.  We believe this new service will be a welcome development for both residents and visiting motorists to Arklow town and provides the Council with a modern and effective payments system to manage parking in the town.”

Tim Ryan, Operations Manager, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, said: “Our Harbour has huge potential as a tourism destination and the arrival of Parking Tag will be of great benefit to our many visitors. In particular, the new Pay by Phone parking service is a welcome addition and should be of value to many of our motoring visitors using the ferry service and local amenities.”

Payzone also offers a complementary retail offering to the Parking Tag solution.  The pay in store initiative allows unregistered motorists pay for parking in their nearest Payzone Agent.  Customers provide the agent in store with their car registration, zone that they are parked in and duration of stay.  Motorists are not required to return to their car, they simply pay and walk.  The transaction is processed in real time, which gives parking enforcers visibility of the payment made.

The Parking Tag system has been operating in Ireland since 2009.  Today, 20 per cent of Dublin City Council’s on-street parking revenue comes from this particular service.

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About Payzone:

Payzone is Ireland’s largest branded consumer payments acceptance network. The company also operates across Europe providing a wide range of payments services in the UK, Sweden, Greece, Germany and Romania. Payzone implements and operates payment networks including mobile top-ups, tolling payments, credit and debit card processing, bill payment, pre-paid debit cards and electronic gift solutions.  Payzone processes over 380 million transactions annually.

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