Following bureaucratic blunder, Pango makes mad dash to continue service

Parking payment app rushing to sign contracts before current deal expires.

April 21, 2015 18:01
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Parking payment app Pango is making a mad dash of deal-signing through the long holiday weekend to ensure that local authorities continue to accept its services on Sunday.

Pango enables the user to pay for a parking space via a cellphone.

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The app, founded in 2007, has been operating under a centralized service contract through the Local Government Economic Services, which allowed it to collect parking payment for local authorities.

That contract expires Friday.

When Cellopark, a competitor, came along, the local authorities decided to have a public tender to determine which company would be able to best provide the service. The tender, scheduled for February, was put off, however, and has yet to reestablish Pango’s relationships with the local authorities.

Pango filed a petition to extend its current contract until the tender’s results were in, but the High Court of Justice rejected its request on Monday. Since then, the company has been rushing to sign individual contracts with local authorities to keep its service available after its centralized contract runs out on Friday.

As of this writing, the final paperwork was being drawn up with Tel Aviv, and the company had already signed with Haifa, Or Yehuda, Bnei Barak, Rehovot, Kfar Saba, Herzliya, Lod, Eilat, Gedera, Ra’anana and Safed. Parkers in municipalities it fails to sign before Sunday will not be able to use the app to pay their fees.

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