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Mary, there’s no such thing as free parking

Patrick Troy sets out the British Parking Association’s response to Mary Portas’ review of the high street

Patrick Troy

Our primary concern is that the Portas Review fails to acknowledge that car park users are not solely influenced by price. They also take more account of quality, convenience, safety and accessibility of their destination when they make their parking choices.

The report recommends that local areas should implement free controlled parking schemes that work for their town centres and we should have a new parking league table. We feel this ignores the true costs of free parking and so-called...

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