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parking payment, retail, RAC Foundation

Free parking does not boost business

RAC Report challenges received wisdom on shoppers' parking

Deniz Huseyin

Giving shoppers an initial period of free parking in town centres does not benefit local businesses, the RAC’s parking report suggests. More city centres are allowing a free period of up to half an hour to enable the quick purchase of a few items. Often a ticket still has to be bought from a pay & display machine to control arrival and departure time.

“This system has been extensively trialled and monitored in Germany and Norway and has been shown to make no difference at all to...

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