AN APP is to be launched by Bromsgrove District Council so drivers can pay for their parking remotely if they are uncomfortable with touching car parking machines.
The council made the announcement ahead of car parking charges returning on July 1 after they were suspended following the Government’s lockdown which came into force during March.
But those wanting to pay for parking with cash will also be able to if they want and the authority is carrying out risk assessments on all its car parks to ensure all aspects of them are as safe as possible.
Sites will be regularly cleaned as part of the measures, which also include signs relating to social distancing and hand-sanitising or washing guidelines.
In light of the current pandemic, the introduction of the pay by app gives people another cash free option.
While permits cannot be currently renewed, users will be able to display their current permits until September 1 this year, with no further charge.
NHS and social care workers will not have to pay for parking, when charges are re-introduced, as long as their relevant passes are displayed at council pay and display sites.
Bromsgrove District Council Leader Coun Karen May said: “On Thursday members approved the recommendation to launch the app which can be used on pay and display car parks only, providing users with a choice on how to pay.
“Whilst we are one of the last local authorities in Worcestershire to reinstate the charges, the income from parking makes up a noticeable slice of our income and enables us to maintain the car parks, keeping them safe and in good repair.
“This also means we can spend our budget on services for all of our residents to enjoy, while keeping our council tax increases to a minimum.
“I am delighted that we are still able to recognise the work of our frontline NHS and social care workers by offering them free parking on our pay and display car parks, as long as they put the relevant passes on show.”
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