Feed the parking meter with your mobile phone in Hamilton
Motorists can now pay for parking in Hamilton using their mobile phones. You just need a small sticker for your window, and traffic wardens can then check if you paid for parking by looking up your license plate number with their electronic device. One easy way you can pay for your parking is by texting from your mobile phone. Another way is by using the app for iPhone and Android. Agility’s launch of EasyPark Mobile also gives residents the convenience of being able to extend parking time remotely while travelling if plans change. New and existing EasyPark customers can register for an account online at
www.easypark.bm. They would then select EasyPark Mobile from the menu and follow the instructions. Agility said that similar to the EasyPark Meter device, EasyPark Mobile is a prepaid service. So customers must first subscribe to a plans: consumer standard for regular parkers, or consumer casual for infrequent parkers; based on the number of vehicles (license plate numbers) they want to use. Once you’ve subscribed to a plan, you update your license plate and mobile number details; and then top up your EasyPark Mobile virtual account. Agility said that to park using EasyPark mobile, customers must display the complimentary EasyPark Mobile sticker on the left-hand side of their windscreen to ensure parking wardens are aware they are using EasyPark Mobile; and thereby avoid a parking citation. The company says parking wardens have remote access to the EasyPark Mobile parking system. Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge, stated, “The City of Hamilton Council is very happy that EasyPark continues to revolutionise parking in Bermuda. This new service gives motorists who drive into the city an easy option for payment wherever they park their vehicles.” Danny Faria, EasyPark’s general manager, said EasyPark Mobile (another PARX Ltd based solution) brings all the benefits of the EasyPark Meters and more. Customers can use EasyPark Mobile as their stand alone parking solution or as a complement to their EasyPark Meter, he said. EasyPark Mobile stickers can be collected from the following locations: City Hall, CellOne retail outlets in Hamilton, Somerset and St. George’s, the EasyPark Office at 63 Pitt’s Bay Road, between Bacardi International and the Rosedon Hotel. Once you’re registered to EasyPark Mobile, there are three ways to pay for parking, all of which are interchangeable for starting and ending parking sessions. They are: 1. Text messaging (or SMS) 777-PARK (777-7275), which is by far the simplest and quickest method to pay for parking. The SMS service is powered by our wireless partner, CellOne. “CellOne is proud to be the network of choice for EasyPark Mobile”, said Frank Amaral, CellOneCEO. “More and more people on the island are turning to their mobile devices to take care of their everyday needs.” To start a parking session using SMS, customers simply text start followed by the city and zone codes. For example, to start a parking session for Hamilton street parking (City 01 Zone 01), the user would send the text “START 01 01” to 777-7275. To end the parking session the user simply sends the text “STOP”. A confirmation text is sent to the user for both starting and ending a parking session, in addition to optional end of parking session SMS reminders. 2. Using the EasyPark Mobile smart phone parking application. The EasyPark Mobile application is available for iPhone (iOS 5 or higher) and Android (Android 1.6 or higher) devices; and is available for download at the iTunes store and Google play. To start a parking session using the smart phone parking application: 1. Enter your username and password 2. Select city and zone number (if using a daily parking zone, enter the number of days you wish to park). 3. Press “Start” button. To end a parking session, press the Finish button. The EasyPark Mobile smart phone application provides additional features you can use directly from your phone including: parking and billing history, reminders, city information and parking rate/zone look up. 3. Using the Pay by phone service (or IVR-interactive voice recognition), by calling 400-PARK (400-7275) or 542-PARK (542-7275). To start a parking session using the smart phone parking application: 1. Dial 400-PARK (400-7275) or 542-PARK (542-7275) 2. Follow the prompts to select city and zone number using dial pad and confirm your selection by pressing 1. To end parking session dial 400-PARK (400-7275) or 542-PARK (542-7275) again and follow the prompts for ending your current parking session. A confirmation text is also sent to the user for both starting and ending a pay by phone parking session, in addition to optional end of parking session SMS reminders. Mr. Faria noted that the EasyPark Mobile service is also now available for use by customers for parking at the L.F. Wade International Airport. There is no need to discontinue the use of your EasyPark Meter; however, for the purpose of long-term parking at the L.F. Wade International Airport, customers should consider registering to the EasyPark Mobile service in order to take advantage of one key benefit, the ability to extend parking time remotely while travelling. Aaron Adderley, general manager of the Airport, stated: “The new Easy Park Mobile service will provide our travellers with an added level of convenience that we very much welcome.” Mr. Faria also noted that after customers become familiar with this new service EasyPark would look to set a timeline for the discontinued use of the EasyPark Meters, for long-term parking only, at the Airport. Further announcements on this discontinuance will be made in due course. For more information on how to set up and use EasyPark Mobile, please see Customer Support on EasyPark’s website (www.easypark.bm).