Parking charge increases for Devon County Council parking bays

PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:51 21 April 2016

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An increase in the price of some on-street parking in Devon will be rolled out next month.

From Monday, May 9, an increase in tariffs will begin to implemented across the county.

Motorists are being urged to choose district council car parks over Devon County Council’s (DCC) on-street parking bays.

It follows concern that many drivers contribute towards congestion by preferring to ‘circle’ the roads looking for vacant slightly cheaper on-street parking bays, instead of using district council parking facilities.

However the charges will not affect residents and visitors stopping off for less than one hour at local shops to buy goods or services or those making deliveries – there will be no change to short term (less than 1 hour) tariff rates.

The principle will be that DCC’s on-street bays should not be more attractive than the nearest district council car park alternative, which are clearly signed and generally do not bring drivers through the busiest central streets.

The increases will vary slightly across Devon as the county’s eight district authorities levy slightly different tariffs in different areas.

The changes are:

• A 10 per cent increase in all 1 hour tariff rates (rounded up to the nearest 10p).

• 10 per cent above equivalent off street charge on all long stay tariffs (greater than 1 hour) OR 10 per cent increase on existing rate where no off street parking.

• No increase to be greater than 50 per cent (subject to coin size).

• No change to short term (30 minutes or less) tariff rates.

DCC’s cabinet member with responsibility for parking and traffic management, councillor Stuart Hughes, said: “By getting drivers to select off street car parks rather than circling the roads looking for the cheaper option it will help us better manage traffic.

“There hasn’t been an increase in on-street parking tariffs since April 2011 and since then there has been an increase in the Retail Price Index of 15 per cent in the five years to September 2015.

“But this isn’t about raising money, it’s about traffic management and effective traffic flow and we hope by introducing a small increase it will encourage motorists to choose the facilities operated by our district council partners.”

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