Report of the Director of Climate Change, Environment and Transport (CET/22/46) on Changes to Parking Permits (Civil Parking Enforcement), attached.
An Impact Assessment is also attached for the attention of Members at this meeting and is available on the website at - https://www.devon.gov.uk/impact/published/.
(a) that the progress on the Residents Parking Permit Scheme be noted; and
(b) that the implementation of the Traffic Regulation Order as advertised be agreed, except for the recommended reduction in charge for Essential Visitor Permits, and amendments for Exeter Zone S1 and Sidmouth Zone A (as described in Section 4), noting the clarified the clarification that the lowest emitting vehicles (Electric and Ultra Low) (A) would be £35 for all permits.
(Councillors Prowse, Whitton and Wrigley attended in accordance with Standing Order 25(2) and spoke to this item).
The Cabinet considered the Report of the Director of Climate Change, Environment and Transport (CET/22/46) on Changes to Parking Permits (Civil Parking Enforcement), circulated prior to the meeting in accordance with regulation 7(4) of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012.
Further to the agreement of a new Residents Parking Policy at Cabinet on 9th December 2020, the Report sets out the response to the statutory public consultation earlier this year, proposals to make changes to the advertised Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) as a result of the consultation, and the implementation process.
The Traffic Regulation Order had been advertised on 1st June 2022 for one month, with an advert in the Western Morning News and proposals directly marketed to over 14,000 active permit holders (approximately 47% of all permit holders) who had provided email details. Information was also available on the public web pages: http://devon.cc/cpetro.
A summary of the proposed changes could be found in Appendix B of the Report.
769 responses had been received and the most frequently voiced comments by respondents included;
· Timing and justification for price increases
· Fairness of tiering prices based on car tax bands
· Permit abuse and need to better enforce zones
· Reduction in number of visitors allowed and increase in price
· Opposition to new charges for the essential visitor permit and charges for motorcycles
· Unfair to those with no online access. Preference for paper permits
· Blocking access to permits to businesses, house in multiple occupation (HMO) residents and students
The full summary of responses received to the proposals, including new permit prices and transformation to digital permits were outlined in Appendix C along with responses to the points made.
A number of amendments were considered following the consultation
· concerns relating to the application of charges for Essential Visitor Permits were understood and it was proposed these were modified to reduce the cost to £10;
· it was noted that Exeter S1 zone was unique due to its active times being limited to Exeter Chiefs Rugby Match Days and residents receiving refunds for permit costs from that club therefore it was proposed that paper permits and charges would be maintained.
· Sidmouth Zone A also had a unique ruleset on how permits were issued, therefore paper permits would be maintained and the differential charge could not be applied.
It was proposed to phase out the issuing of paper permits in favour of virtual permits at the time of renewal for existing permit holders, or at time of first purchase for new occupiers in properties in resident permit zones. The change over would take a year to complete. The tiered pricing structure linked to the number of permits held by a property owner and the vehicle’s cars emissions (Based upon tax band or engine size for vehicles registered pre-2001) would be implemented at the same time.
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