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Airport car parking app seems 'worst option we can have' says MHK

Stu Peters believes government has opted for the 'cheap solution'

A Middle MHK has slammed the Department of Infrastructure over plans to introduce a new app-based parking system at Ronaldsway Airport.

Today is the last day travellers can park their vehicles for free – from tomorrow you’ll have to pay, with the introduction of the RingGo app.

Payment can be made either using a smart phone App or by card over the phone, by text message or online.

Anyone wishing to pay at the airport can do so inside the terminal building - one-hour free disc parking will also be available.

The rates remain the same as they did before the pandemic with a maximum charge of £60.

The airport has been the focal point of persistent issues from cancelled flights and broken barriers to the lack of senior staff members.

Stu Peters believes the app seems the 'worst option we can have':

Mr Peters will quiz Infrastructure Minister Tim Crookall over the cost of the broken carpark barriers in tomorrow's sitting of Tynwald.

'Sounds like it could create problems'

Meanwhile, there are concerns the new system could cause queues at the car parks, while some may find using the technology daunting.

Manx Radio spoke to some residents about the upcoming change:

One Manx Radio listener wrote in to say: 'Used Ringo for 4 years while I was living in London, never had an issue with it, very easy to use, easy to extend stay duration, not really sure what the problem is here.'

 

Anyone wishing to use the App needs to download RingGo which is available via Apple or Google Play.

They can then find a space for their vehicle, enter the location number where they are parked on their phone or device and pay for the required duration.

If extra-time is needed due to delayed flight etc then additional payment can be made online.

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