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Parking charges to return - but will stay free for NHS and care workers

Date
Tue, 26 May 2020
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Parking charges are to return to all council car parks and parking bays in the East Riding from Monday 1 June - but NHS and critical care workers will still be able to park for free when on official duty.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council made all council car parks and on-street parking bays free of charge from 26 March to help frontline workers and volunteers during the coronavirus efforts.

But, in line with some lockdown restrictions being lifted, parking charges will now come back into force on Monday 1 June.

However, NHS and critical care staff, as well as NHS Covid-19 volunteers, will still benefit from free parking as long as they display their NHS permit. This is a nationally recognised scheme, permits can only be issued by your own employer. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Alongside the charges, parking enforcement will also continue in all areas.

Those with parking permits, who stopped monthly payments when the fees were waived in March, will receive individual correspondence explaining what they need to do.

Councillor Richard Burton, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We suspended parking charges at the beginning of the lockdown as a show of support for NHS staff, carers and key workers.

"Now, since the Government has made changes to the lockdown restrictions, parking charges will return.

"But we are pleased to continue the free parking for NHS staff, carers and volunteers when they are on duty."

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