Prices for parking permits in Norwich’s controlled parking zones (CPZs) are to go up from the beginning of next year.
The current permit charges were set in May 2008, and since then the retail price index (RPI) has risen 8.4 per cent.
At September’s meeting of the Norwich Highways Area Committee (NHAC) city and county councillors resolved to increase prices in line with the rise.
Prices will be changing from 4 January, with the first reminder letters to permit holders set to go out this month.
Cllr Alan Waters, member for resources, performance, and shared services, said: “This rise is designed to bring our permit prices in line with the retail price index. There has been no rise since in 2008.”
In 2008 residential parking permits were changed so that residents paid different prices depending on the size of their vehicles. Before this there had been no rise in permit costs since CPZs were first introduced, in the mid 90s.
There will be no increase in price for short vehicles, an 8.4 per cent increase for medium vehicles and a 16.8 per cent rise for long vehicles. The cost of
visitor permits will also be increased by 8.4 per cent. The different rates of price increase are in line with council policy to encourage use of smaller vehicles.
The council also offers business permits for businesses with premises in a CPZ, and statutory Q permits for those people who need to make regular visits to a CPZ. There are two types of Q permits - one for people with a duty to visit homes, such as environmental health officers or gas fitters, and also community permits for people with a caring role like doctors and midwives. Both business permits and Q permits are increased in line with RPI.
Any resident in a CPZ who has a disabled blue badge or who is more than 60 or receiving means-tested benefit can get a free permit.
You can find the new prices here.
6 December 2010