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Friday, 10 May, 2002, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Belfast launches credit card parking
The new technology has cost the department 500,000
The new technology has cost the department 500,000
Belfast has become the first place in the UK where on-street parking can be paid for by credit card.

Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson launched the scheme on Friday.

The new technology has cost the department 500,000 and so far 110 of the new machines have been installed and more will be added in due course.


This initiative will make short stay parking easier for everyone

Peter Robinson
Regional development minister

The technology is similar to machines already found in places like airport or multi-storey car parks.

Parking charges will remain the same - 80 pence an hour - and the machines will still be able to accept cash as well as the main credit and debit cards.

The minister said he was delighted that Belfast was the first city in the UK to use the latest technology.

"This initiative will make short stay parking easier for everyone, including those who are short of change, shoppers and foreign visitors to Belfast who have no sterling," he said.
Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson launched the scheme
Regional Development Minister Peter Robinson launched the scheme

The new machines use mobile phone technology and take just seconds to issue a ticket and receipt.

A central computer system means faulty machines can be quickly fixed.

The machines accept all major credit cards as well as cash.

See also:

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04 Jan 01 | Northern Ireland
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