Transport

New parking permit charges 2019/20

Some of the University parking permit prices are increasing from 1 August 2019. This is the first increase since they were introduced in 2000.

Over the past 19 years, we have made a number of improvements to our parking facilities, including resurfacing and relining car parks, upgrading lighting and CCTV. The planned increase to permit charges will help offset some of our ongoing costs and enable us to work towards the objectives set out in the University Travel Plan

It is anticipated that permit prices will increase on 1 August each year in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI), and permit holders will be given three months’ notice of any increase.

You can find out how the new costs will affect you by clicking on the relevant category below.

Why are the parking permit charges increasing?

The two main reasons for the University needing to increase the charge are:

The cost of operating parking effectively in line with new legislation and maintaining car parks and the associated facilities has increased significantly over the past 19 years. 

The University significantly subsidises parking operations. The University's operational costs to manage parking is almost half a million pounds per year. The income received from parking permits and visitor pay and display tickets amounts to 38% of these operational costs. The University cannot continue to allow the deficit to increase.

To support the University Travel Plans and new Parking Management Strategy that is currently under development.

The University is committed, by planning applications and other sustainability obligations, to ensure that the Travel Plans are effective in their aims to reduce the use of single car occupancy where possible. 

By discouraging unnecessary car use, increased parking prices can help to:

  • improve congestion
  • improve road safety
  • improve local air quality
  • reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • improve the quality of the environment

Can I still apply for a parking permit?

There is no change to who can apply for a permit. The student exclusion zones will remain the same and you must be fully registered before applying for a parking permit.

Staff will no longer be able to apply for a blue zone only permit.

The charge for a permit is changing in accordance with your status at the University.


Staff new parking permit charges

With the exception of the daily vouchers, salaried staff will continue to be charged in accordance with their monthly gross pay for the 12 and 3 month permits. 

The monthly permit will no longer be available for staff to purchase up front and requires them to purchase by salary deductions. If a member of staff is not salaried for any reason then they will be required to purchase an Associate permit.

All staff permits will entitle the active vehicle to park in pink and blue zones in accordance with the campus permit they choose at time of application. (If you have more than one vehicle on your permit, you must select the active vehicle which is the current vehicle you are using). Staff will no longer be able to purchase a blue zone only permit.

If a staff health access permit is issued to park within accessible bays for a temporary period of time, the equivalent monthly deductions will be taken.

The table below illustrates the parking permit charges from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020.  Prices will continue to increase on 1 August each year in accordance with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

New staff price for 12 month, 3 month and monthly permits

These permits will be valid for the equivalent length of time and charged the relevant monthly deductions from gross salary.  For example, if you purchase 12 months you will pay 12 monthly deductions from your salary.  The table below illustrates the charge for the deductions made between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020. Thereafter deductions will increase in accordance with RPI from 1 August each year.

The University reserves the right to increase the charge on a year by year basis or make changes to the operational management of parking permits. We expect the prices to increase on 1 August each year in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). If we intend to exercise this change, we will let you know 3 months prior to the change being implemented.

Gross monthly earnings

Equivalent annual salary

New monthly
salary deductions

New equivalent 12 month permit price*

Current 12 month permit price

£2,083.33 or less

£1 - £25,000

£3.34

£40.08

£30

£2,083.34 to £3,083.33

£25,001 - £37,000

£5.63

£67.56

£50

£3,083.34 or greater

£37,001+

£8.34

£100.08

£75


*The equivalent annual price is relevant to the total salary deductions taken from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020. If a permit holder renews their permit on 1 October 2019 they pay 10 months at the new monthly salary deduction as illustrated above and 2 months at the following year's rate; therefore it may possibly make the equivalent 12 month permit price greater than the price quoted.

Other staff permits

There has been no change to prices for the permits illustrated in the table below, with the exception of staff car share permits:

Salaried staff permit type

Permit zone

2019/20 charge

Current charge

Daily voucher*

Pink and blue zones

50p/day

50p/day

Government Blue Badge

All car parks including accessible bays

Free

Free

12 month staff car share team Pink and blue zones including car share bays

£67.50 (overall costs to be split between team) / year

£15 per team member/ year
3 month staff car share team Pink and blue zones including car share bays £16.50 (overall costs to be split between team) /3 months
n/a

Motorcycle

All motorcycle bays

Free

Free


*Continue to apply for free daily permit. Once the permit has been issued by Transport Team you will be able to purchase daily vouchers online to park by parking into your permit account.

Student new parking permit charges

There is no change to the cost of a student academic year permit for 2019/20, however, there is an increase to the 3 month permit and permits issued in the summer vacation will now be charged.

Students who receive permissions for exceptional circumstances, including health reasons, to park in pink zone or accessible bays will now only pay the student rate for a blue zone permit.

The table below illustrates the parking permit charges from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020.

The University reserves the right to increase the charge on a year by year basis or make changes to the operational management of parking permits. We expect the prices to increase on 1 August each year (from 2020) in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). If we intend to exercise this change, we will let you know 3 months prior to the change being implemented.

Student permit type

Parking zone

New charge

Current charge

Academic Year (expires 31 July)
(Unable to purchase from 28 February to 1 September each year)

Blue zone only unless permission given to use pink zone or accessible parking bays

£20


£20

3 month
(Unable to purchase from 1 July to 1 September each year)

Blue zone only unless permission given to use pink zone or accessible parking bays

£7.50/ 3 months


£5/ 3 months

Monthly

Blue zone only unless permission given to use pink zone or accessible parking bays

£4/month


£4/month

Daily voucher*

Blue zone only unless permission given to use pink zone or accessible parking bays

50p/day

50p/day

Government Blue Badge

All car parks including accessible bays

Free

Free

Academic year student car share permit Blue zones only
£20 (overall cost to be split between team)
£20
3 month student car share permit Blue zones only
£7.50 (overall cost to be split between team)
£5

Motorcycle

All motorcycle bays

Free

Free

*Apply for free daily permit. Once permit has been issued by Transport Team you will be able to purchase daily vouchers online to park by logging into your permit account.

 

Associate (previously known as regular visitors) new parking permit charges

Associate (formally known as regular visitors) parking permits will continue to be issued in accordance with their association and related business contracts with the University. There is a change in how the permits will be charged. Permits will be charged the higher rate of the staff permit rather than the lower rate.

The table below illustrates the parking permit charges from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020. 
 
The University reserves the right to increase the charge on a year by year basis or make changes to the operational management of parking permits. We expect the prices to increase on 1 August each year in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI). If we intend to exercise this change, we will let you know 3 months prior to the change being implemented.

Associate permit type

Parking zone

New charge

Current charge

12 month
(Unable to purchase from 1 January to 31 July each year)

Pink and blue zones or in accordance with contracts or agreements

£100

 

£30

3 month
(Unable to purchase from 1 May to 31 July each year)

Pink and blue zones or in accordance with contracts or agreements

£25/3 months


£7.50/3 months

Monthly

Pink and blue zones or in accordance with contracts or agreements

£10/month


£4/month

Daily voucher*

Pink and blue zones or in accordance with contracts or agreements

50p/day

50p/day

Government Blue Badge

All car parks including accessible bays

Free

Free

Motorcycle

All motorcycle bays

Free

Free

12 and 3 month blue zone only

Blue zone only

No longer available

£20

* Apply for free daily permit. Once permit has been issued by Transport Team you will be able to purchase daily vouchers online to park by logging into your permit account.

Cancelling a parking permit

If you wish to cancel a parking permit please email TransportTeam@kent.ac.uk with your name and permit number.

If you paid for your permit up front, a refund may be due for the remaining months. You will only be refunded for full months remaining on the permit.

If you pay via your salary, your deductions will be stopped once you have paid for the number of months you have had the permit for. You will be charged for the full month if you cancel part way through the month.

Visitor parking

The following relates to visitors attending the campus Monday to Friday 8.00 to 17.00 except bank holidays. At all other times it remains that visitors can use the car parks in accordance with the Regulations for the Management of Traffic

If large groups of visitors require parking at any time on campus, permissions will need to be obtained. Permissions will continue to be given depending on circumstances of other parking disruptions, the requirements and how significant the impact will be on parking. 

Business visitors – will continue to park for free if they are assisting the University to operate effectively as an academic institution or to assist with research. If approved, these visitors have currently been issued with an e-permit to park in all car parks at Canterbury, they will now be issued with a free permit to park in reserved bays within Central, Pavilion and Sports Centre visitor car parks. Visitor bays will continue to be reserved at Medway. Tthe number of bays which are available for reservation is limited within each car park and as such will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Visitors attending a university held eventThese are for events which are provided by the University to support academic business. The availability of bays will continue to be managed and restricted on a case by case basis. We can accommodate two coach or large vehicles to park on Canterbury campus during term-time and these will be reserved on a first come first served basis.

Corporate and university commercial visitorscharges may be applicable if parking is required to be reserved to support an event and guarantee parking. If a charge rate is applied it will be associated to the requirements and based on pay and display charges. With the exception of coach parking which will be at a cost of £10 all day reservation or £5 for half a day.

Contractor parking for planned projects – If parking is required outside of a compound, a parking permit may be charged for and must be established if there are costs or restrictions to parking prior to any contract or agreement being signed and agreed.

Other visitorsare required to pay and display at the Canterbury Campus. Visitors to the Medway campus may wish to consider using the pay and display car park at the Chatham Historic Dockyard.


Examples and further information of pricing

Staff examples

The table below illustrates the new price with the current price in accordance with each permit

Salaried staff permit type

Permit zone

Gross monthly earnings

2019/20 charge

Current charge

12 month

Pink and blue zones

£2,083.33 or less

£3.34 /month

£2.50 /month

£2,083.34 to £3,083.33

£5.58 /month

£4.17 /month

£3,083.34 or greater

£8.34 /month

£6.25 /month

3 month

Pink and blue zones

£2,083.33 or less

£3.34 /month

£2.50 /month

£2,083.34 to £3,083.33

£5.58 /month

£4.17 /month

£3,083.34 or greater

£8.34 /month

£6.25 /month

Monthly

Pink and blue zones

£2,083.33 or less

£3.34 /month

£4 /month

£2,083.34 to £3,083.33

£5.58 /month

£4 /month

£3,083.34 or greater

£8.34 /month

£4 /month

Daily voucher*

Pink and blue zones

N/A

50p/day

50p/day

Government Blue Badge

All car parks including accessible bays

N/A

Free

Free

Motorcycle

All motorcycle bays

N/A

Free

Free

12 and 3 month blue zone only

Blue zone only

N/A

No longer available

£1.67

* Apply for free daily permit. Once permit has been issued by Transport Team you will be able to purchase daily vouchers online to park.

If RPI had been added from the year 2000 the permit price would have been 66% more than the current price. The increase which the University is implementing is 50% of the equivalent RPI if this had been added.

For parking in 2019/20 the 12 month permit allows the driver to park on campus throughout the year, a total of 261 week days. The equivalent daily price for pink and blue zone permit compared to the current year price can be seen below. 

In addition the table also has a column with 220 days, which is considered as an average number of days a driver can use the permit if annual leave is considered.

Gross Annual Salary

261 days permit valid for

220 days average use for full time staff

Current daily rate

New daily rate

Current daily rate

New daily rate

£37,001 +

29p

39p

35p

46p

£25001 to £37,000

19p

26p

23p

31p

< £25,000

12p

16p

14p

18p


The British Parking Association's ‘The size and shape of parking in higher and further education facilities in 2016’ document states:

‘Of those Institutions reporting they charge for parking using salary banded payments a supplementary question was asked to provide the average monthly charge for salary banded payments. For the six responses the average salary banded payment figures provided are as follows:

• £10 • £29 • £39 • £150 • £170 • £240.’

This means that the average salary deduction for the lowest salary band was £10 per month, rising to £240 per month for the highest salary band.

Student example

Students who are issued an academic year permit by week 1 will have a permit that is valid and allow the driver to park on campus for 224 week days. This is the equivalent of 9p per day. 

Although it is recognised that many students will only use the permit until the end of the academic year 12 June 2019. This would equate to 189 week days and is the equivalent of 11p per day to park.

The British Parking Association's ‘The size and shape of parking in higher and further education facilities in 2016’ document stated that ‘the most common band for charging was £120-160’ per year for students parking on campus where a fixed charge is applied.


 

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