Over 90% of Westminster car owners will be hit by a 22.6% increase in the cost of their residents’ parking permits as the Conservative-controlled Council imposes a 6.5% inflation increase, plus a further increase as the Council scraps the current discount for on-line applications.
The cost of an on-line parking permit is currently £115 a year (and £132 for applications in person) and over 90% of car owners apply on line. The cost of a residents’ parking permit will increase by £19 to £134 on 1st July 2013 and by a full £26 a year to £141 on 1st July 2014.
The Council say that the price increase and on-line discount abolition will raise over £1.4 million extra for the Council;
“the phased removal of the online discount over 2 years would potentially result in an additional £672,000 in income. Assuming that the number of permits remains unchanged, the effect of the inflationary increase in permit prices will potentially result in income increasing in the region of £439,000 in the financial year 2013/14 and £742,000 in 2014/15.”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Penalising residents who pay on-line by scrapping the current discount is poor customer service and akin to the sharp practice employed by some of the much-criticised budget airlines. Now that the Council has closed down all its One Stop Shops residents have little choice to pay on line or join the long queues at the post offices. Scrapping the on-line discount simply makes more money for the Council at residents’ expense.”