A new tariff for on-street car parking is to be introduced to help businesses in the St Albans District. Motorists will be able to pay 60p to park for half-an-hour in two-hour bays close to the main shopping centres. At the moment, they have to pay double that charge for a minimum one-hour stay.
The same half-hour tariff will also be tested out on one-hour bays for a six-month trial period. It is intended that the new charge will be of help to people who are making a quick trip to the shops. A higher turnover of visitors using the convenient spaces should also boost the trade of retailers and other businesses like estate agents.
The one hour on-street tariff will rise by 10p to £1.30 and the two-hour tariff by 20p to £2.60.
These increases are designed to ease traffic congestion caused by motorists looking for on-street parking. The rises should encourage them to use car parks instead.
The changes will come into force on Monday 4 April, five years after the last on-street tariff review and increase.