Blue badge holders to be charged as Peterborough parking prices increase

Northminster car park in central Peterborough. EMN-140819-084604009

Northminster car park in central Peterborough. EMN-140819-084604009

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Disabled drivers are being charged for the first time at Peterborough City Council car parks with all drivers set to pay more.

Blue badge holders will from today (Wednesday, April 1) have to pay at three of the council car parks with the other eight to introduce charges in the next few months.

Parking charges have not increased for five years.

Peterborough City Council spokesman

Parking charges for all drivers at three council car parks are also being increased by around 10 per cent from today.

The price increase for drivers and new charges for blue badge holders were introduced as part of the council’s 2015/16 budget plans which will see savings made of £25 million.

Increased parking charges will make up £112,000 of that figure.

The council says parking charges have not increased in the past five years.

The blue badge charges are initially being introduced at the Car Haven, Riverside (Key Theatre) and Market car parks and will match the prices paid by all other drivers.

However, blue badge holders will be allowed to stay in their spot for an hour longer than the ticket they pay for.

This means they will be allowed to park for an hour-and-a-half for the price of a 30 minute ticket.

No charges will apply to a vehicle which has been adapted to be accessible by a wheelchair.

On-street parking for blue badge holders will also remain free.

Blue badge parking charges currently operate at private car parks.

The council has stated that disabled residents wishing to avoid having to go to a ticket machine can pay for their ticket via a phone app called Ringo.

A council spokesman said: “From April 1 2015 blue badge holders will pay to park in three council car parks.

“This will be phased in across all council car parks in the coming months.

“The normal parking charges will apply to blue badge holders, however an additional hour will be added to their ticket by our parking enforcement officers.

“In addition, all on-street parking for blue badge holders will remain free of charge and blue badge holders with specially adapted vehicles for wheelchairs will be exempt from any parking charges in council car parks.

“In recent years we have upgraded parking machines to ensure they are accessible by people with disabilities.

“Residents can also use our cashless parking system, Ringo, to buy a parking ticket or purchase additional time without returning to their vehicles.

“This year’s budget was consulted on widely with the public and organisations such as the Disability Forum.

“As a result it was agreed to look at increasing the number of available disabled parking spaces in our car parks to keep improving accessibility for residents.

“Parking charges have not increased for five years and we offer great value with all day parking in three city centre car parks for £3 or less.”

Parking prices are to go up at the Car Haven, Bishop’s Road and Riverside car parks.

The prices at all other council car parks will stay the same.

Car Haven charges have changed from:

30 minutes - 70p to 80p

One hour - £1.20 to £1.40

Two hours - £2.30 to £2.60

Three hours - £3.50 to £3.90

These charges are from 7am to 5pm.

The evening charge (5pm to 7am) will remain at £1.50.

Bishop’s Road and Riverside charges change from:

30 minutes - 70p to 80p

One hour - £1.20 to £1.30

Two hours - £2.30 to £2.60

Three hours - £3.30 to £3.60

Four hours - £4.40 to £5.00

10 hours - £5.50 to £6.00

These charges are from 7am to 5pm.

The evening charge (5pm to 7am) will remain at £1.50.