Green motorists in Sheffield to get free parking permits

Motorists who drive a low-emission car in Sheffield will no longer have to pay for a parking permit, Sheffield City Council has announced.

The so-called ‘green permits,’ which also include free parking for Sheffield City Council controlled city centre car parks and on-street pay and display bays, will be reduced from £100 a year to zero from April 1.

For drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles, parking permits are set to be increased for the first time in seven years, with additional increases for people who own more than one car.

Cllr Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and street scene at Sheffield City Council, said: ‘I’m particularly pleased we are showing our support for those who drive low emission vehicles as well as acknowledging the work our city’s carers do by making their permits free as well.

‘Even with increases, our parking is still reasonably-priced and much cheaper than many other core cities.’

The Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis recently launched a search for the city’s first ever active travel commissioner.

The position, open to individuals and organisations, was announced in January as Sheffield looks to boost its number of citizens walking, cycling and using public transport.

The commissioner will be an expert on modes of active travel and will work closely with Jarvis to fit the city’s detailed transport strategy.

Jarvis said that enabling people to travel in a more active way will help Sheffield build a transport system ‘that works for everyone.’