PENSIONERS in Kent are furious at the council’s move to an online parking system.
The changes by Canterbury City Council mean drivers now need the RingGo Park App for parking in numerous city parking lots.
These include car parks in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
Drivers can also call to pay, but some are frustrated at being forced to accept the new one technology.
Sheila Miller, 74, who runs a sea swimming group for the elderly at Seasalter, believes the changes will discourage some of her group from participating.
She said: “It’s age-related and absolutely discriminatory towards older people.
“We cannot claim poverty because we can afford cars and drive cars. It’s just that a lot of the older people don’t have a smartphone or don’t know how to use RingGo.”
This comes after a controversial new charging plan was introduced at Seasalter’s Faversham Road car park just this month.
Parking is now £1.50 during the week and £3 at the weekend.
Miller said: “You need to be able to register with RingGo or download the app – but many in my group found that impossible, and some don’t know what an app is.
“Entering bank details on a cell phone can be scary for the older generation as they fear fraud.”
Seasalter swimmer Helen Nattrass said: “I come here to swim about four times a week.
“RingGo is ridiculous because it overwhelmed me. It’s so difficult to use. We are all from the neighborhood but are treated like tourists.”
It is clear that the changes are major as some of the new parking signs in the Faversham Road car park have been vandalized with graffiti.
Council spokesman Leo Whitlock said: “While we understand that charging new parking fees is never popular, the money generated helps pay for the vital frontline services that the Council provides to those who need our help urgently require.
“The constant graffiti defacement of signs on Faversham Road is childish, a bit pathetic and a clear case of vandalism should the perpetrator be caught.
“People without a cell phone can call 01227 802804 and pay before leaving the house.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8701488/council-has-introduced-a-new-online-parking-scheme/ I am angry that my council introduced a new online parking system