Brighton and Hove traders call for change to parking rules

 Traders are calling for Brighton and Hove City Council to change the way they pay to park.

Elliott Raggio, the boss at On Tap Property Services in Hove and the founder of Traders Need Transport (TNT), said he had asked Ian Davey, the chair of the council’s transport committee, to change the way Traders Day Waivers rules are applied.

Currently traders can pay for parking permits that allow them to park in pay-and-display and residents’ parking bays. Those who pay for a daily parking waiver are allowed to park on single and double yellow lines, but not in pay-and-display or residents’ parking bays.

Mr Raggio wants those who use the daily waivers to be given the extra flexibility of being able to park in pay and display and residents’ bays as well.

He said: “The number of waivers issued differs on a road-by-road basis but they are very limited because of the amount of available spaces on double yellow lines.

“Given a day waiver is now £10, we can’t see why the transport department wouldn’t want to allow parking in residents’ permit areas in addition too, indeed in preference to allowing parking on double yellow lines.

“Therefore we request that the transport committee changes the rules applying to daily parking waivers to allow holders to park in residents’ parking bays and improve the way traders can park in our city.

“I hope that Ian Davey looks into this with an open and honest mind. Updating the rules can assist local traders and I do hope that the TNT’s ongoing campaign against the council’s high parking prices would not cloud his judgement.”

A council spokesperson said: “The council’s transport committee has received letters relating to traders’ parking permits and waivers, and will consider these when it meets today.”

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