Free parking for frontline workers
Key workers are carrying out critical work for society, with some risking their lives to fight the coronavirus outbreak. We believe nothing should be a barrier to the job they are doing – least of all parking. We have been working with local authorities to provide free parking for NHS and critical care workers in council-owned car parks and on-street parking spaces.
Supporting our NHS heroes
We understand key workers may be working longer hours and may no longer have access to a full range of travel choices, such as public transport. This means they may be struggling to find and pay for parking near work or at a vulnerable person or patient's home.
Chipside has worked with several local authorities to develop free emergency digital parking permits for NHS staff and social care workers on its MiPermit platform. The permits can be processed in 24 hours and remove the need for frontline workers to display documentation on their dashboard. The first council to roll this out was the North Essex Parking Partnership, where digital permits were made available just eight hours after Chipside received the request. The digital permits have also gone live in Nottinghamshire, Swindon and Gloucestershire.
Keeping Britain’s roads safe
It is still essential however that parking rules continue to be enforced for blue badge bays, double yellow lines and loading bays to ensure the public are kept safe and that roads remain clear for emergency and essential services.
With many people in the UK now working from home, it is likely that parking demand may currently outstrip supply in residential areas if residents are staying at home and key workers are permitted to park in these areas. This additional pressure will need to be managed carefully to prevent obstructive parking, which may block the delivery of essential supplies and services, such as online grocery deliveries and waste collection.
By working together as a community, we can help those that need it the most.