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Parking Tag - if you have an account, think about how much you use it vs. monthly fees

  • 11-01-2022 2:31pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,372 ✭✭✭ podgeandrodge


    Just for info, I've had an account with Parking Tag for my car and my wife's car for the last few years. I actually don't park that much but did it for the convenience.


    Just looked at my statement there (as I was auto topped up for €20 as the balance reached €10) - for the 2 cars, they are debiting €1.21 a month, about €15 a year for the privilege of having this account. In the last year I spent just over €4 on actual parking for 5 parking transactions.

    So, for me, as a light user, I've spent €3.80 for each time I parked instead of 80c. Fool me.

    Just in case there are other dopes like me paying for the privilege. Hard to believe there is a monthly fee for saving them using cash anyway.


    You can close the account easily by emailing [email protected] and they will refund any balance to your card. You can then pay by text on a one by one parking basis, which will be cheaper for me anyway!



Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭ Anything4883


    Where do you view statement?

    I see options under Parking, Messages, Personal - ?


    I can see any fees being taken and ive 2 cars on it?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,372 ✭✭✭ podgeandrodge


    If you have an account you go to statements I think (I've just closed it and they did so within an hour!) - it allows you to export parking charges, or fees or all to excel or display on screen.


    It's 50c plus vat per vehicle per month.

    Also there is a reference under the FAQ:

    Registered Accounts

    Per vehicle, monthly maintenance fee  €0.50 + VAT 



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,869 ✭✭✭ markpb


    If you don't park very often, you can park on the website (https://www.parkingtag.ie/parknow#/parknow/location) without having an account. You don't have to pay the monthly fee but you do pay 20c per park instead.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,372 ✭✭✭ podgeandrodge


    Yep saw that. Wish I had been paying attention instead of paying!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭ ILikeBoats


    Motherfu***rs. I see it on my statement!

    Always wondered why sometimes it would auto top-up when I didn't park!!

    Suppose it's a lesson to read the small stuff



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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,372 ✭✭✭ podgeandrodge


    That have confirmed they are refunding me in next 5 days to my card.


    As markpb has said, better to pay as you go and suffer 20c unless you are doing a lot of parking to make the monthly fee worth it.



  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭ 9320


    Never ever knew this! Plus I added parents and brothers cars a while ago so I've been paying for them the whole time - the charge per vehicle is outrageous.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,640 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    An Easytrip toll tag account is similar, there is an 'admin charge' every month.

    And beware when they send you an invitation to sign up for parking using your toll tag - there is another admin. charge on top i.e. if you enable the account for parking, you will end up paying two admin charges each month. Which the e-mail fails to mention, it's buried in the small print when you sign up.

    All the while during the lockdowns when people were working from home and not parking in town or passing through tolls, those companies were raking in the money for doing SFA.



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,052 ✭✭✭✭ Del2005


    The companies where still providing the service it's not their fault that their customers can't read the contract they signed up to.

    I'd looked into the toll/parking tags before and within seconds realised they weren't for me as I rarely use toll roads or pay parking so the monthly fee would have killed any savings. Instead I setup a video account for the M50 and tap at toll booths.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,401 ✭✭✭ Doodah7


    Cancelled this years ago. Monthly charge was simply not worth for the amount of times I would park. The service charge will erode the top-up over time.



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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,764 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Easytrip also have a habit of "giving" you an addon service for a year (without asking you) and then auto-renewing it (and charging)

    Wouldn't refund me, but my bank considered it to be credit card fraud and did.



  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭✭ Anton Tasty Swan


    If it's something you never use it's not worth having a sub for. Kinda applies to everything.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,023 ✭✭✭ bikeman1


    Thanks for this. I was not aware of the monthly charge and had my old car still on it and my parents car which I very rarely use.

    I’ll keep the account as it is useful for me and I do use for work from time to time.

    Everyone, also beware:

    There is a 20 cent charge for that reminder text before your time is up. I turned that off ages ago when I copped it. Make sure you do the same if you use it. Just put a reminder in your phone or remember the time.



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,640 ✭✭✭✭ coylemj


    Everyone, also beware:

    There is a 20 cent charge for that reminder text before your time is up. I turned that off ages ago when I copped it. Make sure you do the same if you use it. Just put a reminder in your phone or remember the time.

    I was having lunch today with a few of the lads when we got discussing parkingtag. One of them claimed that there was a 'surcharge' for using the service i.e. above and beyond what you'd pay in cash if feeding the meter. When I told him that was the charge for the SMS reminder which he could opt out of by simply unticking it, his jaw dropped. He thought that was a free part of the package, had no idea the reminder was optional and that allowing it to default meant he was paying 20c extra every time he used the app. And it's a total rip-off because there's no reason why the app couldn't kick off a countdown alarm on your phone to go off 5 minutes before the time expires. Or at the very least, throw up the countdown alarm menu to let you set it.



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