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20 February 2024, 16:48

Glasgow to Extend Parking Charge Hours Until 10 PM in Citywide Standardization Effort

Glasgow to Extend Parking Charge Hours Until 10 PM in Citywide Standardization Effort

Glasgow City Council has announced plans to extend parking charges in Scotland's largest city until 22:00 daily, a significant shift from the current cutoff at 18:00 in many parts of the city center. This change, aimed at standardizing parking regulations across Glasgow, is set to impact motorists seven days a week, marking a departure from free evening parking available in some metered bays.

The decision, part of the council's latest budget measures, has not yet been given a specific start date but is anticipated to generate a saving of £686,000 by the fiscal year 2026/27. Additionally, the council has outlined intentions to increase fees in various parking facilities, including multi-storey and off-street car parks, as well as on-street parking bays.

Criticism has been swift, with Conservative councillor Thomas Kerr labeling the new parking charges as "ridiculous" and calling for an immediate retraction of the plans. Kerr expressed concerns over the potential negative impact on small businesses already facing economic challenges, sharing his views on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Glasgow's parking system currently encompasses 22 zones with metered bays and permit requirements, predominantly concentrated in the city center and western regions. Among these, four zones already adhere to the proposed 08:00 to 22:00 charging period every day, mainly located in Glasgow's west end neighborhoods such as Hillhead, Woodlands, North Kelvin/Woodside, and Garnethill. In Kelvingrove, parking fees apply even later, until midnight.

The council's move to extend charging times to 22:00 in zones with current enforcement until 18:00 on weekdays aims to create uniform parking hours citywide. This initiative is part of a broader strategy to address a budget shortfall, with the council needing to identify £107 million in savings. A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council emphasized that the adjustment is designed to prioritize residents within the city's 22 parking zones, offering them maximum benefit and consistency in parking regulations seven days a week.

Furthermore, the council hopes that by standardizing parking hours, it will encourage residents and visitors to consider more sustainable transportation options. This policy aligns with broader efforts to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and support the city's environmental goals.

As Glasgow prepares for the implementation of these extended parking charges, the council's approach underscores a commitment to both fiscal responsibility and the promotion of sustainable urban mobility. However, the impact of these changes on local businesses and the broader community remains a point of contention and debate among stakeholders.

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