Drivers have hit out at rising on-street parking charges in Cardiff which were introduced this week.
On-street parking in the centre of Wales’ capital has risen by nearly 15% for the price of a day’s parking – adding to the burden on motorists already battling rocketing fuel bills.
The hiked city council parking charges mean drivers now have to pay £4 for a day’s parking in areas around Cathays Park and the Taff embankments, as well as the car parks off North Road.
Commuter Sam Evans, who parks in the city centre four days a week, said the rise in the price of a parking ticket would leave her spending £80 a month on parking on Taff’s Mead Embankment.
She said: “£4 is extortionate. It’s going to be £80 per month for me and that’s not including petrol.
“There used to be free parking on the streets but they’ve put double yellow lines all over the place now, or it’s resident-only parking – most of which leaves a lot of streets empty all day.”
Sam, who drives in from Newport every day, said public transport was just too unreliable to get her to work on time.
Driver Sophie Seymour said that the hiked parking charges also penalised people who only wanted to stay for a few hours.
Sophie said: “There’s too much of a gap, it’s either two hours for £2.50 or pay for 10 hours. The rise was a bit unexpected, but luckily I had enough change.”
The increased charges, which take the cost of a day’s parking from £3.50 to £4, were introduced on Tuesday.
A Cardiff council spokesman said: “As part of the 2011-12 budget, which was agreed in February this year, the cost of on-street, long-term car parking has slightly risen from £3.50 to £4 for up to 10 hours of parking.
“In comparison with privately-run car parks within the city, the cost of £4 to park in the heart of the city centre for up to 10 hours still represents value for money for users and makes the council on-street facility one of the cheapest places to park in Cardiff city centre.”
Driver Zoe Handford, who spoke to youCardiff as she parked her car on Taff’s Mead Embankment, said it was still far cheaper than in the city centre multi-storey car parks.
She said: “For the amount of time I’m parked here it’s pretty reasonable, multi-stories in town are too expensive and public transport is not an option for the hours that I work.”