'Parking Barometer' to track mobility recovery across Europe

PARK NOW, Europe’s no.1 parking app provider and owner of the UK’s leading cashless parking provider RingGo, launches the Parking Barometer. The barometer is a weekly report based on parking data from the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Parking data from those countries serve as an indicator for mobility recovery and confirm that digital mobility services are first in being able to identify signs of a business rebound after the COVID-19 crisis.

Where social distancing is the norm, digital and touchless payment data are strong enablers for the change in mobility. Parking transactions show that people across Europe are starting to move and pay for parking again.

The trends in PARK NOW Group’s data have been analysed from week 11 onwards. The Parking Barometer gives an insight in the percentages of parking transactions in the Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Besides analysis the national percentages of parking transactions, the barometer also shows three highlights per week: the overall growth in transactions in Europe, the country with the fastest increase and the country that shows the least growth.

You can find the Parking Barometer at parknowgroup.com/news/parking-barometer.

Following Government announcements around the phased easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures in the UK, we’re now seeing a notable increase in parking sessions. So, we’re turning our focus from Europe to home to show how differences in strategy are translating through to mobility and parking here in the UK.

Touch-free: the new norm
UK Managing Director for RingGo, Peter O’Driscoll, said, ”In the past ten years, touch-free payment apps have become commonplace in the UK, but there is still opportunity to increase their use and have more people experience the benefit of touch-free parking. In the current climate, these apps are a safe option for consumers and businesses alike. In collaboration with parking operators we feel we have the moral obligation to promote their use as the new norm, helping people to stay healthy by using apps instead of cash and card machines.”

Editorial note
Note that all figures represent a percentage of the total parking transactions in the reflected markets, since the parking transactions through cash and card machines and other parking apps offered in these markets are not included in the data. You can find the Parking Barometer via https://parknowgroup.com/news/parking-barometer/.

About RingGo
RingGo, is the UK’s leading cashless parking provider. Part of the PARK NOW Group, it creates software solutions for drivers, cities and operators that make finding, accessing and paying for parking quick, simple and effortless. It is the group’s purpose to make cities cleaner, healthier and more liveable. Over 16 million UK motorists are using RingGo. For more information, please visit RingGo.co.uk.