Location chosen for cashless parking trial in Oxford

A new ‘cashless payment’ trial is due to start in an Oxford car park – which the council says is the first step towards removing coins from all its car parks.

The six-month trial begins on January 24 at the Gloucester Green car park, where signs will be put up to inform motorists of the change.

Paying at kiosks will be possible with cards, while people will also be able to purchase parking through phone payment provider RingGo or through Hozah, the self-payment service.

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Oxford City Council said a change to a cashless system across all its sites would create an annual saving of around £12,000.

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Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Green and Zero Carbon Transport, said: “More and more services are only available through cashless systems. Already 93% of payments in our Gloucester Green car park are cashless. The vast majority of users pay for their parking by card at the cash register, RingGo or Hozah.

“Overall, we have seen an increase in cashless payments throughout the pandemic as it is a convenient and fast way to pay. Additionally, contactless payments have been shown to reduce virus transmission, although contactless card payment remains available.

“For the council, this represents a means of reducing the administrative costs of our car parks – a welcome factor at a time when our finances are stretched to the limit.”

The trial will not affect parking managed by other operators, such as at Westgate Center or Oxfordshire County Council on-street spaces.

The city council approved the switch to cashless for all its services in February this year.

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