City of York Council has made changes to how tradespeople can park when working at people’s houses.
Residents will now have to buy tradespeople up to three parking permits for an entire day on their street when they are working for longer periods of time.
The council says this will reduce the impact on residents having to use their visitor vouchers.
Meanwhile, annual parking waivers which currently give tradespeople unlimited parking will be limited to two hours at a time due to suspicions this was being abused.
The annual parking waiver has been issued to 39 businesses, like window cleaners and security alarm companies, that require their vehicle with them to undertake work.
At a transport decision session on Tuesday (12 December), Graham Titchener, the council’s parking services manager, said there are suspicions that tradespeople have been using the annual waivers for leisure purposes rather than work purposes.
“Observations show that cars are parked for longer than three to four hours easily,” he said.
Clarifying the new rules, Mr Titchener added: “It’s two hours at that particular spot so if they move on to another area that two hours will restart again.”
Cllr Pete Kilbane, transport executive, said: “For jobs that take a bit longer, for the first time, we’re going to allow the property owner to get a tradespersons’ permit for the whole day and they can get up to three of those.
“Certainly for the tradespeople I’ve been speaking to that has been a sticking point for them.”
He added: “Basically it will free up property owners that have people working on their houses” and “at the same time we can remove any suspected abuse while still leaving that two-hour window for people doing jobs.”
The daily property parking permits can be used in occupied properties, while they are currently only available in unoccupied properties.