Agenda item

Parking service simplification and pricing

This report sets out options for simplification of a bewildering range of parking permits and the multiplicity of eligibility criteria. The proposed simplification will make it easier, quicker, and more convenient for customers to obtain parking permits and pay to park. Then the cost of processing applications will reduce and several loop-holes which allow drivers to park in unintended ways that undermine the Borough’s parking objectives will be closed. Options for adoption of new pricing principles and changes in charges are also recommended, in order to eliminate existing inconsistencies and to prevent any future price changes from unwittingly reintroducing unhelpful anomalies.

Decision:

That approval be given:

Simplification recommendations

Permit durations

i)                the implementation of a 24 month permit as set out in paragraph 3.7;

ii)                to the withdrawal of temporary courtesy permits in favour a new one month permit as set out in paragraph 3.46;

iii)                to the implementation of rolling permits as soon as technology allows as set out in paragraphs 3.7.

Permit redesign

iv)                to the withdrawal of liveried and non-liveried business permits in favour of a new business permit scheme as set out in paragraphs 3.10 - 12.

v)                to the withdrawal of essential user permits in favour of a new online essential user day pass as set out in paragraph 3.14 – 3.15.

vi)                to the introduction of online four hour visitor passes as set out in paragraph 3.27, together with the corresponding withdrawal of visitor permits as set out in paragraphs 3.24 – 3.25 and 3.43, and biennial expiry for re-authentication of Temple Visitor permits as set out in paragraph 3.26, together with the introduction of a new cared-for permit as set out in paragraph 3.32 – 3.33.

vii)                to the withdrawal of Wembley Stadium Protective Parking Scheme permits and replacement with permits identical except for biennial expiry for re-authentication as set out in paragraphs 3.41 - 3.42.

viii)                to revised permit refund arrangements as set out in paragraph 3.51.

Permit withdrawal

ix)                to a phased withdrawal of special permits as set out in paragraph 3.18 – 3.19.

x)                to a withdrawal of replacement vehicle permits after virtual permits become universal, save that a maximum replacement period of one month is permitted where the vehicle is a higher emission than the original vehicle as set out in paragraph 3.47.

Suspensions

xi)                to the revised suspension arrangements as set out in paragraphs 3.53 - 3.54 and appendix C.

Pricing and payment recommendations

Principles

xii)                to the pricing principles as set out in paragraph 4.4.

Inflationary adjustments

xiii)                to an inflationary adjustment of residential permit prices for 2012 on 1st December 2012 as set out in paragraph 4.6

xiv)                to automatic annual RPI increases as set out in paragraph 4.7 effective from April 2013.

December 2012 price adjustments

xv)                to pricing for special permits as set out in paragraph 4.25 - 4.26 effective from 1st December 2012.

xvi)                to pricing for temporary courtesy permits as set out in paragraph 4.33 effective from 1st December 2012.

xvii)                to pricing for replacement vehicle permits as set out in paragraph 4.35 effective from 1st December 2012.

xviii)                pricing for existing business permits, pending replacement with a new business permitting scheme, as set out in paragraph 4.24 effective from 1st December 2012.

xix)                pricing for essential user passes as set out in paragraph 4.26 and changes to existing permits as described in paragraph 4.28 with effective from 1st December 2012.

Pricing consistency adjustments

xx)                revised pricing arrangements for residential permit duration pricing as set out in paragraph 4.10.

xxi)                revised pricing arrangements for additional vehicle for residential permits as set out in paragraph 4.11.

xxii)                pricing for dispensations as set out in paragraph 4.38 – 4.40.

xxiii)                pricing for suspensions as set out in paragraph 4.42.

New permit type prices

xxiv)                pricing for cared-for permits as set out in paragraph 4.16 – 4.17.

xxv)                pricing for online visitor passes as set out in paragraph 4.15.

xxvi)                pricing for new business permits as set out in paragraph 4.19 – 4.23.

Biennial renewal administration charge

xxvii)                a £15 administrative charge for biennial renewal of Wembley Event Day permits as set out in paragraph 4.29.

xxviii)                a £15 administrative charge for biennial renewal of Temple zone visitor permits as set out in paragraph 4.31.

Payment method arrangements

xxix)                new pricing arrangements to encourage use application routes and payment methods that incur least cost to the Council at paragraph 4.12, 4.17, 4.23, 4.26, 4.30, 4.32, 4.34, 4.36, 4.39, 4.43 as explained in paragraph 4.12 – 4.13.

xxx)                cessation of cheques as a means of payment for parking services, with the exception of Penalty Charge Notices as set out in paragraphs 3.55.

Minutes:

Councillor J Moher (Lead Member, Highways and Transportation) introduced the report from the Director of Highways and Transportation which set out options to simplify the range of parking permits and the multiplicity of eligibility criteria. The proposed simplification would make it easier, quicker and more convenient for customers to obtain parking permits and pay to park. The cost of processing applications would reduce and several loop-holes which allowed drivers to park in unintended ways that undermine the Borough’s parking objectives would be closed. Councillor Moher stated that the revised arrangements would be good news eliminating a number of inconsistencies and bringing in benefits to residents and visitors.

 

RESOLVED:

 

that approval be given to:

 

Simplification recommendations

 

Permit durations

 

(i)             the implementation of a 24 month permit as set out in paragraph 3.7 of the report from the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services;

 

(ii)            the withdrawal of temporary courtesy permits in favour a new one month permit as set out in paragraph 3.46;

 

(iii)           the implementation of rolling permits as soon as technology allows as set out in paragraphs 3.7;

 

Permit redesign

 

(iv)           the withdrawal of liveried and non-liveried business permits in favour of a new business permit scheme as set out in paragraphs 3.10 – 12;

 

(v)            the withdrawal of essential user permits in favour of a new online essential user day pass as set out in paragraph 3.14 – 3.15;

 

(vi)           the introduction of online four hour visitor passes as set out in paragraph 3.27, together with the corresponding withdrawal of visitor permits as set out in paragraphs 3.24 – 3.25 and 3.43, and biennial expiry for re-authentication of Temple Visitor permits as set out in paragraph 3.26, together with the introduction of a new cared-for permit as set out in paragraph 3.32 – 3.33;

 

(vii)          the withdrawal of Wembley Stadium Protective Parking Scheme permits and replacement with permits identical except for biennial expiry for re-authentication as set out in paragraphs 3.41 - 3.42;

 

(viii)         revised permit refund arrangements as set out in paragraph 3.51;

 

Permit withdrawal

 

(ix)           a phased withdrawal of special permits as set out in paragraph 3.18 – 3.19;

 

(x)            a withdrawal of replacement vehicle permits after virtual permits become universal, save that a maximum replacement period of one month is permitted where the vehicle is a higher emission than the original vehicle as set out in paragraph 3.47;

 

Suspensions

 

(xi)           the revised suspension arrangements as set out in paragraphs 3.53 - 3.54 and appendix C.

 

Pricing and payment recommendations

 

Principles

 

(xii)          the pricing principles as set out in paragraph 4.4;

 

Inflationary adjustments

 

(xiii)         an inflationary adjustment of residential permit prices for 2012 on 1st December 2012 as set out in paragraph 4.6;

 

(xiv)         automatic annual RPI increases as set out in paragraph 4.7 effective from April 2013;

 

December 2012 price adjustments

 

(xv)          pricing for special permits as set out in paragraph 4.25 - 4.26 effective from 1st December 2012;

 

(xvi)         pricing for temporary courtesy permits as set out in paragraph 4.33 effective from 1st December 2012;

 

(xvii)        pricing for replacement vehicle permits as set out in paragraph 4.35 effective from 1st December 2012;

 

(xviii)       pricing for existing business permits, pending replacement with a new business permitting scheme, as set out in paragraph 4.24 effective from 1st December 2012;

 

(xix)         pricing for essential user passes as set out in paragraph 4.26 and changes to existing permits as described in paragraph 4.28 with effective from 1st December 2012;

 

Pricing consistency adjustments

 

(xx)          revised pricing arrangements for residential permit duration pricing as set out in paragraph 4.10;

 

(xxi)         revised pricing arrangements for additional vehicle for residential permits as set out in paragraph 4.11;

 

(xxii)        pricing for dispensations as set out in paragraphs 4.38 – 4.40;

 

(xxiii)       pricing for suspensions as set out in paragraph 4.42;

 

New permit type prices

 

(xxiv)       pricing for cared-for permits as set out in paragraphs 4.16 – 4.17;

 

(xxv)        pricing for online visitor passes as set out in paragraph 4.15;

 

(xxvi)       pricing for new business permits as set out in paragraphs 4.19 – 4.23;

 

Biennial renewal administration charge

 

(xxvii)      a £15 administrative charge for biennial renewal of Wembley Event Day permits as set out in paragraph 4.29;

 

(xxviii)     a £15 administrative charge for biennial renewal of Temple zone visitor permits as set out in paragraph 4.31;

 

Payment method arrangements

 

(xxix)       new pricing arrangements to encourage use application routes and payment methods that incur least cost to the Council at paragraphs 4.12, 4.17, 4.23, 4.26, 4.30, 4.32, 4.34, 4.36, 4.39, 4.43 as explained in paragraph 4.12 – 4.13;

 

(xxx)        the cessation of cheques as a means of payment for parking services, with the exception of Penalty Charge Notices as set out in paragraph 3.55.

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