Parking: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th July 2020.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will encourage local authorities to (a) ease parking restrictions and (b) lower parking charges in town centres to support people who are choosing to drive rather than use public transport during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Local authorities need to decide on appropriate parking restrictions to manage a safe and controlled recovery from COVID-19. The British Parking Association, the Local Government Association and London Councils have published co-branded advice for local authorities, which is updated regularly to reflect the latest position in response to Covid-19. It includes recommendations that authorities prioritise parking restrictions at locations of heightened activity where a lack of controls would have a significant detrimental impact on safety and traffic management. The advice also recommends that local authorities consider taking a more flexible approach to their parking charging strategies where possible, within the bounds of statutory processes.

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