Public consultation launched over proposed shake-up of trade parking permits

Daily and weekly trade parking permits could be issued on the day of application from this autumn. Devon County Council has launched a public consultation, saying its plans will streamline the service.

If given the green light, the existing paper dispensation notice will be replaced with a digital ‘virtual’ permit – linked to a vehicle’s registration.

The council says the new system would see three permit types available: ‘daily trade permits’ and ‘weekly trade permits’, issued for on-street parking spaces and resident’s zones, and ‘parking waivers’, which would provide an additional exemption for yellow line ‘no waiting’ restrictions.

It claims, the new digitalised system will be ‘faster and more efficient because it would remove the need for applicants to receive and print the emailed permits before use’.

In most circumstances, ‘daily/weekly trade permits’ could be issued on the day of application, rather than the applicant needing to plan 24 hours ahead as it the case now.

However, ‘parking waivers’ would continue to require officer approval before they are issued. In addition, the online application page would be been ungraded to make it easier for applicants to select the right restrictions which may apply to the area in which they will be working.

New charges for consideration and administration of permits are proposed for the scheme:

  • Daily/ Weekly trade permits – providing access to on street car parking spaces and resident only zones when undertaking work. These will be £5 per day or £25 a up to seven days.
  • Parking waivers – providing an additional exemption for short term use of yellow line “no waiting” restrictions when undertaking work will be either £10 for a single day, or £30 for up to seven days.

New permits would exist alongside annual and short stay dispensation permits for tradespersons, landlords and estate agents which will be re-named.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We recognise that for some trades people it is not always possible to plan 24 hours in advance or perhaps they are not in a position where they would be able to print off a permit.

“That’s why we have been looking at ways to improve the application process to offer more flexibility for those who use it.”

Details of the consultation on the proposed Traffic Regulation Order is available to view here.

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