|London, 18 Jan 2003.
For immediate release.
1. A statutory requirement for all local authorities to provide adequate parking at reasonable cost in town centres as part of a balanced integrated transport plan including park and ride, where necessary, and cycle parking provision.The ABD also calls for
2. A statutory requirement for hospitals to be equipped with adequate free parking for staff, patients and visitors within reasonable distance.
3. A Statutory requirement for rail stations to be equipped with adequate free parking for travellers where possible.
4. National funding should be provided to the responsible authorities for parking provision from the billions already raised from motoring taxes. The UK re-invests a smaller proportion of the total tax take from drivers than any other G7 nation. Of £36 billion raised, £30 billion is siphoned off and only £6 billion goes back into the transport system.
a. Scrapping of any compulsion for car parks to be self financing.ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
b. Maximum allowable parking charges to be set nationally for rural and urban areas.
c. Price rises to be linked to the RPI.
d. Maximum use to be made of on road parking with restrictions only allowed for genuine road safety/traffic flow reasons, not to force people into overpriced car parks.
e. Reinstating the requirement for adequate parking to be provided for all new development.
f. Residents parking zones to be restricted to the number of spaces actually needed by residents and charges to be capped.
g. Planning system to encourage householders to provide off road parking including subsidised provision of dropped kerbs etc.
h. Restrictions to be placed on private companies, some of which are foreign owned, on the level of profit made from essential parking services.
"Many local authorities realise the importance of providing adequate parking at sensible cost to local prosperity and well-being. One example is Angus council who have no charges whatsoever. It is clear, however that there are also many rogue authorities who see drivers as 'cash cows' ripe for milking such as in Horsham where all day parking has risen from 90p to £10 in a few years. Such authorities need to be brought into line."