Issue 12, July 2018


Cashless parking is just the ticket

Cashless parking machineHunting for change to pay for parking in Mid Sussex car parks will soon be a thing of the past.

We want to make your parking experience as quick and simple as possible, so the Council is investing in new parking machines in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath town centres this summer that enable you to pay for parking with your bank card or mobile phone. 

The new Parking Machines will accept payments using contactless credit / debit cards, Chip & Pin and the MiPermit app, providing residents and visitors with greater choice over how they want to pay. 

You can still pay for parking with cash in the conventional way but mobile payment is being introduced alongside cash payments as a handy alternative

The MiPermit app is a quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows you to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine. By using the app you will no longer have to queue at the ticket machine, parking can be purchased in advance, you can request a text message reminder when your parking is about to expire and you can extend your stay without having to return to your vehicle.

It's a quick and secure way to pay for parking in Mid Sussex. Instead of putting money (or using a card) into a payment machine, you can use your mobile phone to pay by calling, texting or using the app. Information will be stored digitally so our Civil Enforcement Officers can use their handheld devices to see that you have paid for your parking. If you use the app option, a record of payment will also be stored on your phone.

The new machines are being installed in our town centre car parks only. There will be no change in our rural car parks, which will continue to be free or use disc parking, and on street parking in East Grinstead will remain unchanged.



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