Release date: 4 June 2020
On-street parking charges in West Sussex have taken a ‘green’ step forward, with cheaper permits for low-emission vehicles.
From this week, the cost of a parking permit for this type of vehicle was reduced by 25 per cent.
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “The 25 per cent reduction for low-emission vehicles represents a contribution towards our Electric Vehicle Strategy and its overarching aims of reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.
“The strategy sets out a long-term vision that will enable West Sussex residents, when travelling in a car or small van, to choose ultra-low emission vehicles and travel in a carbon neutral way.”
Other changes to on-street parking include new, six-month, Resident, Non-Resident, Healthcare, Carer, Countywide, Trader and Doctor permits. Previously only year-long permits were available, so the half-yearly option has been introduced to give people more choice. The higher charges for six-month permits reflect the admin costs that go with this.
A standard charge has also been introduced for hotel permits in Worthing Zone Z only. This is to bring consistency and improve the operation of the Worthing Controlled Parking Zone.
Permits are purchased by the hotels in Zone Z and handed out to guests. They can be daily or for half a day.
Details on all the new charges can be found online
NB: In line with national guidance during the Coronavirus outbreak, while not all key workers are entitled to free on-street parking, NHS staff and social care workers and volunteers in West Sussex currently are, so long as they display supporting evidence in their windscreens, such as photocopies of their work pass with sensitive information removed, or a letter of evidence from their employer. This will continue until further notice.
For those who might still be furloughed at home etc and need to park additional vehicles, dispensation notices are available from the relevant district/borough council at a cost of £5 per month. On-street enforcement has been stepped up from today (June 1), with more consistent patrols of permit/pay and display areas. For the last few weeks, attention has been focused on safety/access and enforcement has largely been reactive.
Notes to editors: In line with the Government’s criteria for vehicles that qualify for the home charge grant, a low emission vehicle that qualified for a discounted permit would be classified as Category 1 – Cars with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any emissions at all.