Motorists in Glasgow to start paying for on-street parking bays again from July 9

By Ellen Thomson at

Charges for on-street parking are set to resume throughout Glasgow.

D-Day or ‘pay-up day’ is July 9.

Parking controls were suspended in March this year in response to the Covid-19 lockdown to support key workers.

Byres Road

Byres Road before the lockdown when parking charges were suspended.

But lockdown restrictions are easing as traffic levels increasing again.

Glasgow city council said parking controls are being reintroduced to help manage the demand for parking spaces.

Enforcement action against dangerous and obstructive parking is already underway.

Those unlawfully occupying disabled and loading bays have also been targeted with enforcement action.

Non-essential retail outlets reopened this week, putting pressure on limited spaces.

‘Support’

Councillor Anna Richardson is city convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction.

She said: “Suspending parking charges was the right thing to do at the time as it helped to support people when we were in the teeth of the crisis.

“But with restrictions beginning to ease, it is appropriate for us to revisit the decision to suspend charges.

“Resuming enforcement of parking controls will help to ensure equitable access to parking spaces across the city.

“Preventing parking bays from being blocked out by a limited number of cars guarantees a turnover in spaces for other drivers and helps increase footfall in local areas, which is good for businesses.

“Parking controls are also a key part of the work undertaken to promote road safety, particularly for other kinds of road user.

‘Interest’

“There has been increased interest in walking and cycling during lockdown and enforcement of schemes such as residents’ zones provides space for people to move safely around their neighbourhood.”

However, as part of the return of parking controls, lockdown-affected permits are being extended for three months.

Any holder with a permit due to expire between 24 March, 2020 and 23 March, 2021 can get a three month extension to cover the suspension of the parking service during the emergency period.

Anyone wishing to apply for a parking zone permit at this time should send their application to this address lsparking@glasgow.gov.uk.