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Free parking in Council car parks for NHS and health and social care staff

Council car parks will remain free for NHS and health and social care staff and critical care volunteers when car park charges are reintroduced on Monday 01 June. 

When parking in a Council car park, these NHS and health and social care staff and critical care staff will need to display the permit provided by their NHS Trust and if using a pay on exit car park use the intercom on arrival and when leaving.

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Like many local authorities across the country, the Council will be reintroducing car parking charges on 1 June as coronavirus lockdown measures start to ease. 

Tariffs will remain at 2019 levels and not increase with inflation this year as was originally planned. Free evening parking in most Council car parks will continue, as will flexible pay and park options during the day. We encourage users to use the JustPark App, a touchless system using your own mobile phone. There is also an option to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via JustPark. 

Buying reduced rate parking sessions significantly cuts the cost of parking – in Truro for example, the cost of parking all day in a Council car park using a batch session is just £2.26 for a 24 hour stay. The batch sessions are available to purchase for most long stay car parks. As a further incentive to make these batch sessions more affordable in the current climate, we have reduced the minimum purchase cost of these batches from £47 to £25.

Councillor Geoff Brown, cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “Car parks have an important role in managing the demand on our highway network and as lockdown measures begin to ease and residents return to work, now is the time to reintroduce charging.” 

“From 01 June our Civil Enforcement Officers will also be back to full capacity,  helping to keep routes clear for emergency service vehicles, as well as preventing traffic hazards. Initially they will continue to provide help and guidance about where people can and cannot park.  A carefully phased reintroduction of previously relaxed traffic/parking management and enforcement is necessary to help manage a safe and controlled recovery.”


Story posted 22 May 2020