Stop us if you think you’ve heard this one before, a new cashless parking system at Ronaldsway will launch on Tuesday.
This comes after a delay in the rollout of the somehow already unpopular RingGo app caused by an issue raised with the Information Commissioner.
In each instance above, drivers planning to use the car park from Tuesday May 24 are encouraged to register in advance. Users should download the app and provide the necessary details, including payment information, or visit ringgo.co.ukand complete the process online.
Anyone displaying a parking disc can use the car parks for free for one hour, so it will still be possible to organise payment while moving through the airport.
A further option is available by visiting the information desk inside the Isle of Man Airport building, providing your vehicle registration and using a payment card. It will not be possible to pay at the desk using cash.
Once the registration process has been completed, customers using the app who have found a parking space should note the five-digit location number shown on signs and pay in advance for the required time – short stay car park 35800, long-stay car park 35801.
If your return flight is delayed or you just need extra time.
While the DoI had previously said you’d be able to pay by text, you in fact now won’t as that system was regarded as unsuitable.
Tim Glover MHK, Member of the Department of Infrastructure with responsibility for Ports, said: ‘While we fully anticipate the smartphone app solution to be the most popular way for people to pay for parking at the airport from Tuesday, other options are available. Paying over the phone and online are both straightforward, but require registration – so please try and do that beforehand to avoid any fuss at the start of your trip.
‘Registering and using any of these options will enable users to extend their stay should it be necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. But if none of them suit you, it will be possible for card payments to be taken at the airport’s information desk.’
DoI Minister Tim Crookall has already said if the system doesn’t work for islanders or they find a better one then the department will use its option to give notice on this contract and find another solution.