Finding on-street pay and display parking in Portsmouth is set to become easier with the introduction of a new smart parking system, AppyParking. Visitors using the AppyParking app will be able to drive straight to a pay and display parking space which will help to reduce congestion on the roads and reduce air pollution.
What is AppyParking?
It is a new mobile app that enables drivers to find available on-street pay and display spaces thanks to smart sensors being installed in bays across Portsmouth. Drivers can also start pay-as-you-go parking sessions with a single click.
How does it work?
The AppyParking app displays real-time availability of spaces, so people looking for a vacant on street pay and display bay can easily find one. By reducing the time people drive around looking for a space the scheme can help reduce road congestion and help to improve our air quality.
What if I park on a pay and display space? Do I need to use the AppyParking app to pay for parking?
If you park in an on street pay and display parking space you will have the choice of paying the usual way (using the meter with cash or Ringo), or through the AppyParking app. You will only be charged by AppyParking if you use their app. One Click Parking is only available through the AppyParking app, enabling you to pay by the minute once the minimum stay at that location as been reached.
Will AppyParking know if I am parked on a pay and display space?
If you park over a sensor, it will only know that a car is present. If you pay using AppyParking the system will know you have parked at the location. This is no different from the current system which provides the ability to pay by phone. Subject to a minimum charge, you will pay for the time you are parked within the bay and the sensor will recognise when you leave and stop charging from that point.
How much has it cost the council to install AppyParking?
AppyParking have funding from VISA to pay for the sensors and will also pay for other equipment to be installed and maintained during a two-year pilot period. During this time we will evaluate the benefits of the system and decide whether or not to continue to use it.