From today, Monday 18 May motorists will be charged for using on-street parking in Hull. However, any council-owned car parks including short-stay and long-stay will remain free until further notice.
This means that motorists parking in Hull City Council-owned car parks including Albion Street, Lowgate, History Centre, Tower Street, Trippett Street, Osborne Street, George Street, Pryme Street, Francis Street and the ice arena will not be charged.
NHS workers will continue to receive free parking across the city when on duty and displaying a valid NHS issued parking permit.
A number of signs encouraging people to observe two-metre social distancing rules will be in place across all car parks.
These measures have been reintroduced by the local authority following the announcement from central government on Sunday 10 May to ease the lockdown and encourage construction and manufacturing industries to return to work.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said:
“We will continue to offer free parking in our car parks in a bid to encourage motorists to avoid using public transport.
“NHS workers will also receive free parking if displaying any NHS issued parking pass or permit while undertaking their job.
“However on-street parking charges will be reintroduced as a form of congestion control and to ensure a continued turnover so that more people can benefit from accessing any city centre services they may require.
“As lockdown eases and businesses start to reopen, we expect many more motorists to be using the roads. As a result, some of our services will also begin to resume their normal operation, including on-street parking and bus lane enforcement. Fines from bus lane enforcement subsidise transport for young people in the city.”
“At this stage, we are not charging for any council-owned car parks. I’d also like to remind residents to take personal responsibility for their actions and respect those around them by observing social distancing rules. We all need to work together and stay alert.”
Residents with residential or disabled parking permits which expired after 24 March will be valid until 30 June 2020.
Councillor Hale said:
“If your essential travel involves driving, please be considerate when parking. Don’t park on the pavement as this space is needed more than ever for pedestrians to travel comfortably and maintain social distancing.
“If you are parking inconsiderately, you will be fined.”
In a continued effort to promote social distancing and cashless payments, motorists should access the MiPermit scheme which offers a safer and cleaner more convenient way to pay for parking.