Across Stockport Borough – at Council car parks and on-road parking – you can now pay to park cashlessly. No need to remember your change or go to the Pay & Display machine, no need to display a ticket. If you want to extend your stay, there’s no need to return to the car and it doesn’t cost a penny more.
If you’ve got an iPhone or an Android smartphone (e.g. Samsung, HTC) the quickest and easiest way to park is to download the free app from RingGo.
Here’s how to get started.
Note: Ringgo offers an optional service to send you a text when you park and when you’re parking time is due to run out. Each text will cost you 10p so you might want to untick those options. You can easily turn them on and off later on, from the website or the smartphone app, if you change your mind.
2. Download the Ringgo app from your app store (just search on Ringgo).
The top three buttons on the app are the ones you’ll use most of the time: to book your parking, see your current and past parking sessions and see a map showing where the local car parks are.
3. Checking your sessions
On the sessions screen you can see your current and past parking sessions.
This easily allows you to see how much time you’ve got left on your current session. You can extend your current session, or if you’re parking in a car park you’ve visited before, you can use this screen to park there again.
4. Finding car parks on the map
You can use the map to find local car parks and, by selecting the car park of your choice, to book your parking.
Alternatively, every car park has a unique number (which is on the large stickers on the pay&display machines) and you can just enter that to select the location.
You’ve already entered your credit/debit card details on the website, so paying is simple. For security reasons, you’ll always be asked to enter the 3-digit security number from your card.
Unless you’ve chosen to have the additional text messages sent to you, paying on your smartphone – or by phone, text or web – costs exactly the same as paying with cash.