08 Jul Changes To Free Parking For All Essential Workers
Following the publication of its roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions, the Government published its decision to withdraw the Government Parking Pass by June 21, 2021.
This means that the emergency measures, which allowed NHS staff, health and social care staff, NHS volunteers and other essential workers to park for free, has come to an end.
However, North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) has extended the emergency parking measures for health and care staff for both off-street and on-street parking across the NNC area until July 19, 2021.
Cllr Graham Lawman, Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, said: “North Northamptonshire Council were delighted to be able to participate in the scheme to give something back to our wonderful NHS staff and volunteers, which we have extended, but, with the lifting of Covid lockdown restrictions anticipated in the next few weeks, we expect to see an increased demand for parking and, therefore, it would be very difficult to continue to offer unregulated free parking in all on and off-street parking spaces.
“The Parking Pass was intended for temporary use during the Covid-19 emergency response period which has proven to be longer than anticipated.
“North Northamptonshire Council already operates a Health Worker Parking Permit and details of this are available on our website.”
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council, said: “The Covid-19 situation is ever-changing so it’s important as a council we’re mindful of this and can be nimble enough to react to changes made by central government.”
The Government Parking Pass will therefore no longer be accepted July 19, 2021 and if seen, a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued.
NHS staff continue to be eligible for free parking in hospital car parks and funding for this has been provided to NHS Trusts by government.