Postcode parking lottery sees some drivers pay 10x national average

A study of 433 councils has found the average parking permit is £59 but some have to pay as much as £750

Postcode parking lottery sees some drivers pay 10x national average
Research has revealed huge price disparities for residential parking permits in the UK.

The annual cost of a parking permit varies considerably across the country with Birmingham and Manchester motorists facing the highest prices, according to analysis by Churchill Car Insurance.

62 per cent of councils issue parking permits to residents and almost a third of those have a range of charges rather than one simple fee, fluctuating by almost £100 in one council.

Surprisingly, London’s highest price is £434 for a permit in Islington, £316 pound cheaper than the most expensive permits in Birmingham and Manchester.

In comparison, South Ayrshire Council in Scotland charges 50p for a parking permit each year, while West Dumbarton, also in Scotland, doesn’t charge.

Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said: “Parking controls and permits play a huge part in keeping roads safe and clear, as well as ensuring residents have priority over spaces surrounding their property.

“Our research shows that parking permit costs vary considerably across the UK, so we would urge motorists to factor this in when looking to purchase a new vehicle, especially if it is an additional vehicle.”

The highest charging councils for annual parking permits
1 Birmingham City Council £750
1 Manchester City Council £750
3 London Borough of Islington £434
4 Mole Valley Council £350
5 City of Edinburgh £280
6 Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council £275
7 London Borough of Hackney £265
8 London Borough of Lambeth £260
9 City of Glasgow £250
9 Sevenoaks District Council £250
9 Forest Heath District Council £250

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