Newham - Resident Parking Zone – Extend Free visitor permit allowance for all households

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To resolve the parking demand/congestion in Newham, most of the areas in Newham are being converted to resident parking zones - RPZ from Monday to Saturday (08:00 to 18:30hrs) currently. Every household with no exception would have a need for a friend or family or an occasional visitor to visit them. Currently the residents are forced to buy visitor parking passes for any of these occasional visits even as there are very sparse visitor parking bays in streets and even if they do, it only allows 30 mins on a day mostly. Clearly the residents are being taxed and charged indirectly on top of the council tax and other levies that exists already.  Having spoke to many residents, we strongly feel the Council should not be looking at the visitor passes as a revenue generation opportunity. Currently 30 free visitor passes are only available if you do not posses any vehicle for the household. All other households  are required to buy visitor permits at a cost from the council.

We request Newham council to extend the yearly allowance of 30 free visitor permits to all households (irrespective of whether vehicles registered at property or not).  Appreciate there are overhead costs associated with RPZs for maintenance etc. Hence any passes above the yearly 30 free permit allowance could be bought at a charges prevailant currently. As the allowance is yearly and per household – it would not risk the parking congestion within the RPZ.

While  I am not sure if this is available in any UK borough or councils - request Newham Mayor to be the first to consider and lead this change. Newham has been one of the pioneers in leading such changes in the past and other councils may follow these resident friendly initiative.

Please support by signing this petition and am sure it would benefit us all in the UK.

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