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Parking app to help van drivers avoid fines in London

A new parking solution that could help commercial vehicle drivers avoid incurring tickets in London is being trialled.

The One Click Parking solution is scheduled to be UK-wide in 2018.

The new solution teams up the recently launched AppyParking app with  One Click Parking functionality, enabling drivers to only be charged for the minutes they have parked for, rather than having to run and top up from fear of incurring a ticket.

The app also enables drivers to find their nearest available parking space, view any restrictions and the hourly rate.

The new solution is being tested on a total of 150 commercial vehicles in Westminster, following a successful beta test last year with Pimlico Plumbers. Companies including John Lewis, Handy Squad and Polytech have signed up for the trial, with vans to be fitted with an easy-to-install dongle, which can be put under the steering wheel, to instantly connect the vehicle to the internet. When the vehicle detects a key in the ignition and a certain distance is travelled, a signal is sent to the payment back office system and AppyParking’s platform sends an email notification showing details of the stay.

The One Click Parking solution is also being rolled out to other London boroughs, with the aim of being UK wide in 2018.

AppyParking CEO Dan Hubert said: “40% of parking income and fines comes from London even though Londoners own only 10% of UK cars and it is our aim at AppyParking to make parking fines a distant memory.

“Every day drivers and fleet businesses are on the roads and it is impossible to predict how long an appointment or emergency may take. One Click Parking will take the pressure out of parking and benefit the local area by reducing congestion and pollution that comes from unnecessarily circling round the block.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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