Release date: 26 May 2021
In line with Government guidance, a free national parking concession given to health and social care workers throughout the last year will be coming to an end in most parts of West Sussex on 21 June 2021.
The Covid-19 parking pass, based on an agreement between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has enabled free on and off-street parking for those on duty as an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder.
The passes were originally intended for temporary use during the Covid-19 emergency response period, which has proven to be longer than anticipated.
The increase in mobility as lockdown restrictions are eased is expected to result in an increase in demand for parking at many locations in West Sussex and so it is no longer sustainable to continue to allow free parking for these workers.
It is recommended that the majority of workers in West Sussex who are using a Covid-19 parking pass, either in a council-owned car park or on-street, should plan alternative parking arrangements from 21 June. Information on the potential alternatives, including off-street car park season tickets and on-street permits, is available on the parking pages of the relevant District and Borough Council websites (Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing/Adur).
There is one exception in Chichester, where some new on-street parking restrictions are being introduced in early June. Because of the introduction of new restrictions, the Covid-19 parking pass will continue to be accepted on-street in Chichester until the 1 July. Please note, however, that the pass will not be accepted in any District Council owned car parks after 21 June.
Those still using a Covid-19 parking pass after 21 June , or 1 July for those parking in Chichester, will be liable to receive a Penalty Charge Notice.
The Government has now edited its own web page which refers to the Covid-19 critical care worker parking pass and this can be viewed online.