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Coronavirus: Free car parking for NHS, social care workers and more

Posted onPosted on 8th Apr

Nottinghamshire County Council and all district and borough councils in the county have launched a free parking permit for NHS and social care workers.

The permits allow eligible staff to park for an unlimited time on single yellow lines, in residents’ parking areas, limited waiting bays, and council-owned car parks.

The council said the new scheme recognised that NHS and social care staff are doing vitally important work to support the most vulnerable.

As well as NHS staff and social care workers, the new permit covers anyone providing direct support helping unwell and vulnerable people in their communities, including emergency service workers, community volunteers, frontline transport workers, and local authority staff.

The new permits are ‘virtual’, which means there is no need to display anything in vehicles. Instead, vehicle registrations will be logged using a secure digital system, marking them as exempt.

Coun John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “I’d like to thank everyone in Nottinghamshire doing such important work, including NHS staff, social care workers, volunteers and others who are doing their bit to battle the coronavirus and the impact it is having.

“We need to do whatever we can to make their lives easier, and I don’t want worries about parking to be a barrier to the vitally important jobs they are doing.

“I’m pleased that these new permits will be offered to anyone who is out there helping unwell or vulnerable people. It’s heartening to see how our communities are pulling together to help those who need it most.”