Drivers who come into Birmingham city centre for short term stays will bear the brunt of the latest round of car parking price increases.
And they could be paying them sooner rather than later.
Notices say the proposed charges will be introduced ‘on or after Friday March 29, 2019’, even though in previous years they have been introduced from April 1.
Motorists parking on streets in the inner zone – chiefly in the Colmore Business District area – will have to fork out £3.50 instead of £3 at present.
The cost of parking for two hours is also going up by 50p – to £6 for 120 minutes.
The charges will again apply seven days per week, even though many of the streets are virtually empty at weekends and especially on Sunday despite the proliferation of new bars and restaurants in the area.
The extra hours charge, which applies daily from 6pm to 7.30pm, will remain at £3.50 for 2019-20.
The price applies even if you only arrive in town at 7.15pm for a show and are only parking in a chargeable period for 15 minutes.
Two new extra bands are being introduced.
There will be a new option to stay for up to three or four hours in the inner zone, at a cost of £7 or £9 respectively – perhaps to encourage high rollers to stay longer for posh meals or business meetings.
Until April 1, 2017 the Sunday cost of parking on the city’s streets was £2.50 for two hours.
How much will using a car park cost?
Prices at Snow Hill multi-storey car park on Livery Street are typical of many city council run car parks.
The price increases here will also hit short-term users the hardest.
The cost of parking for two hours will go up from £3 to £4.
Those staying for four hours will pay an extra 20p – the new £6 charge will be £3 less than any four-hour bays charging £9 for four hours in the inner zone.
The cost of parking for up to six hours will rise from £8.80 to £9, while motorists parking for 12 hours will pay £12.50 instead of £12.
A 24-hour stay will rise by £1 to £15.
There are no proposed changed to season ticket charges at this car park, but the discounted evening rate of £5 for five-and-a-half hours is set to disappear.
Again, the notices say the proposed charges will be introduced ‘on or after Friday March 29, 2019’, even though in previous years they have been introduced from April 1.