Out with the old and in with the new! Goodbye paper permits – Harrow joins PayByPhone in virtual parking revolution

PayByPhone replaces RingGo in Harrow from April 1. From this date, you can pay and extend your parking via the PayByPhone app. The change also means the end of paper permits for parking permits.

Harrow is becoming the latest council to do away with old-fashioned paper parking permits – thanks to a new contract with national parking company PayByPhone.

And it’s not just resident and visitor parking permits that are changing– right across Harrow, paid for parking can all be taken care of with a flick of your finger using the PayByPhone app.

Car parks and parking spaces that are currently paid for using RingGo will also switch to PayByPhone on April 1. Virtual permits will begin in June.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, Harrow Council’s cabinet member for environment says:

“This is just another way that we’re modernizing what we do at Harrow Council to save money and make life easier for our residents. No more fiddling about with documents, fishing for loose change or rushing back to top up the meter – you can take care of it all on your phone from now on.”

You can pay for parking at 90 key locations across the borough, covering a total of 3,506 on- and off-street parking spaces with PayByPhone. However, if you prefer to pay by cash, you can also use PayPoint available at nearby shops at most of the pay and display locations.

And that’s not all! Use the Maps and the Nearby Parking feature find parking before you leave - just pin your location onto the map. The Nearby Parking feature instantly provides drivers with the closest PayByPhone parking location number upon arrival. 

Hannah Fuller, Operations Director for PayByPhone UK, says:

“We are very excited to launch PayByPhone in the London Borough of Harrow. Mobile parking payments have many advantages to the individual and to the local authority. Not only does it make the parking experience more hassle-free, but it also greatly reduces vandalism and the cost of maintaining the pay and display machines.”

So get ready for April 1, and download the app now! Registration is very simple and takes less than 30 seconds.