by Becky Harrison |
posted 09 October 2020
An application for phones has been launched that enables UK drivers to wrap up all their car needs using one simple app. Drivers set up ‘Caura’ using just a vehicle registration number, and can immediately take care of their parking, tolls, MOT, road tax, car insurance, and congestion charges. Caura minimises admin and mitigates penalty fines.
“The billions of pounds in penalty fees UK consumers incur from mistakes or late payments for parking, congestion charges, road tax, tolls, MOT and insurance are totally avoidable,” said Dr Sai Lakshmi, CEO and Founder of Caura. “The incumbent system - fragmented, confusing and outdated - is not only costly but a massive source of anxiety. By eliminating the need for dozens of apps and services, we are removing hassle, confusion and unnecessary expenses of car ownership.”
To get started, customers simply enter their vehicle registration number to clearly see the status of the car’s tax, MOT and insurance renewal dates. From the home screen, users can also pay for selected parking, toll roads and congestion charges. The FCA approved app integrates with payment technologies like Apple Pay or safely stores a driver’s payment details, which can be used to pay in just two clicks.
In-app notifications remind drivers when it's time to pay for the car-related tasks above. These notifications are designed to reduce the millions of automated fines or PCNs (penalty charge notices) issued to Britons each year. Currently, 25% of UK MOTs are conducted late, meaning at any time 8 million cars on the road have potentially dangerous defects such as bald tyres, worn brakes or blown bulbs.