A CASHLESS parking payment system for visitors is set to be introduced in roads throughout Hammersmith and Fulham over the next two years.
Instead of having to feed coins into a meter, residents with a SMART visitor permit will be able to call a number, quote a location reference and pay for their visitor's parking over the phone.
The plan is part of a programme of parking changes being brought in by Hammersmith and Fulham Council between now and 2014.
There could also be more car clubs spaces, so people can book online or over the phone and use a car club card to pick a car up from a local bay, returning it when finished.
The concept is designed to ease congestion and is becoming more popular across London, with annual fees of between £100 and £200 and mileage charges of around 15 to 20 pence per mile.
Bays already exist in the borough, at Carnwath Road in Fulham, Shepherd's Bush Road in Hammersmith and Lime Grove in Shepherd's Bush.
A council report said the authority wants the number of car club spaces to 'grow effectively, thereby reducing parking stress, congestion and pollution as well as fulfilling the needs of residents.'
On the idea of cashless parking the report said: “It would eliminate the need for people to carry coins for parking and reduce the need to operate ticket machines on street."
The SMART visitor permit, which allows residents' visitors to park at a discounted £1.80 per hour, will be extended from 15 current parking zones to all 27 around the borough before March 2014.
Electronic parking permits are already in use in Zones K and L, in Hammersmith, and R, in Fulham, while an electric car charging point may be installed in Fulham and 80 new docking sites will be created for 'Boris Bikes'.
The plans were approved by the council's cabinet earlier this month.