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Barnet Council cancels 'shambolic' price hike for green parking permits
A “shambolic” price mix up has forced Barnet Council to cancel an increase in the cost of its parking permits for environmentally friendly cars.
The authority offers motorists with low-emission vehicles an incentivised ‘green’ permit at a lower annual cost compared to its standard badge for residents parking in controlled zones.
The council raised the charges for all of its permits, some by more than 250 per cent, last year but was told the price hike was unlawful by a High Court judge in July.
Since the ruling, the council has reverted back to its original prices but initially kept the green permits at a cost of £52.50 – more than the standard permit which dropped back to £40 - because they were not included in the ruling.
But after taking legal advice over the “ridiculous” situation this summer, the council has reverted back to its original green permit price of £15.
Barnet Council’s cabinet member in charge of parking policy, Councillor Dean Cohen, said: “Our initial legal advice was that the judge’s ruling in the judicial review only applied to the standard resident’s permits and visitor vouchers, and that otherwise the decision of council in setting prices remained the same.
“This left us in the frankly silly position that green permits and community permits would cost more than a standard resident’s permit.
“Therefore I asked for further legal advice, which has come back with the conclusion that green permits should revert to the price prior to 2011, along with other resident permits.”
Motorists who have already paid for the green permits at the increased rates can get a refund by contacting the council.
But Barnet Labour’s parking and environment spokesman Alan Schneiderman said the retrospective refunds are just causing more hassle for ripped-off drivers.
He said: “I’m pleased they have finally seen sense and reduced the charge but it should never have got to this point.
“When they reduced the cost of ordinary permits they should have done the same with these. It is just another indication of their shambolic parking policy.
“One resident actually said to me he was told by the council that if he wanted to pay less for his green permit he should apply for an ordinary one.”
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