Proposals to issue daily trade parking permits on day of application

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Posted on: 5 August 2019

Daily and weekly trade parking permits could be issued on the day of application under new plans to streamline the service from this autumn.

Devon County Council is proposing to replace the existing paper dispensation notice with a digital ‘virtual’ permit, linked to a vehicle’s registration.

Under the new system there would be three permit types available, ‘daily trade permits’ and ‘weekly trade permits’, issued for on street parking spaces and resident’s zones, and ‘parking waivers’, which would provide an additional exemption for yellow line ‘no waiting’ restrictions.

The new digitalised system would be faster and more efficient because it would remove the need for applicants to receive and print the emailed permits before use.

In most circumstances ‘daily/weekly trade permits’ could be issued on the day of application, rather than the applicant needing to plan 24 hours ahead as it the case now.

However, ‘parking waivers’ would continue to require officer approval before they are issued.

In addition, the online application page would be been ungraded to make it easier for applicants to select the right restrictions which may apply to the area in which they will be working.

New charges for consideration and administration of permits are proposed for the new scheme:

• Daily/ Weekly trade permits – providing access to on street car parking spaces and resident only zones when undertaking work. These will be £5 per day or £25 a up to seven days.
• Parking waivers – providing an additional exemption for short term use of yellow line “no waiting” restrictions when undertaking work will be either £10 for a single day, or £30 for up to seven days.

These new permits will sit alongside the existing annual and short stay dispensation permits for tradespersons, landlords and estate agents which would be remaining, but would be called an ‘annual trade permit’ and ‘short stay permits’.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management said:

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

“We recognise that for some trades people it is not always possible to plan 24 hours in advance or perhaps they are not in a position where they would be able to print off a permit.
“That’s why we have been looking at ways to improve the application process to offer more flexibility for those who use it.”

Details of the consultation on the proposed Traffic Regulation Order is available to view on Devon County Council’s website by clicking here.

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