The changes have been put in place following a three-year price freeze on parking in Lancaster City Council pay and display car parks.
The new tariffs aim to provide a more consistent approach, aligning charges, and removing differences between long and short stay car parks.
Among the changes are the introduction of a 30-minute tariff for those wanting to make a short trip to the bank or shops.
Following feedback from the arts and culture sector, a £5 for 5 hours tariff will also be introduced on the two St Leonardgate car parks. This will be available at all times.
The council has also listened to the views of local businesses on how increases in tariffs might affect the night-time economy. As a result, an additional 6pm – 8am tariff of £4 has been introduced in car parks across Lancaster and Morecambe, effective from May 6.
Councillor Gina Dowding, cabinet member with responsibility for planning and place making, said: “For some time now it has been apparent that our parking charges have needed a radical overhaul.
“We were in the position where we had 47 different tariff bands and adjacent car parks charged different amounts for similar amounts of time.
“With this parking review we’ve tried to consolidate the tariffs and make the tariff structure easier to understand.
“As is the case for many councils we are in a challenging financial position and the money raised from parking is a vital source of income that funds many of our vital services.
“Since the original proposal was made, the city council has listened to the feedback of various stakeholders and has amended some of the tariffs.”
For those who use city council car parks regularly there are a number of options available that are more cost-effective and include 7 day, 1 month, 3 month and 12 month RingGo Session permits.
This easy and convenient cashless method of parking, which also has an app, not only allows people to pay for their parking from the comfort of their cars and avoid queuing at ticket machines, but also offers car park users the flexibility of being able to top up their parking time by phone wherever they are. Text reminders are received when it’s about to run out so is perfect for people on-the-go.
Five-day permits are also available and mean being able to park in Lancaster from as little as £2.23 a day, or £1.37 in Morecambe. Visit https://myringgo.co.uk for more information.
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Last updated: 06 May 2022