28 March 2018
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is increasing car parking charges by just over 5% to take account of both inflation and the newly agreed parish rates costs.
From 3 April 2018, the cost of parking will increase by 4p to 82p per unit / hour. This increase is comprised of a 2.15% inflation rise (less than the States target of 2.5%) and 3% to account for rates costs.
Jersey Car Parking (JCP), as a standalone trading operation of the States, has to fund increases in staff costs, non-staff expenditure and maintain the car parking infrastructure from the income from parking charges.
To do this adequately it has to keep pace with inflation. In addition, it releases funds for use for sustainable transport and road safety initiatives.
Last year JCP undertook major refurbishment in Minden Street car park and this year there is a programme of lift replacement being undertaken in the multi-storey car parks.
In the 2018 budget debate, the States supported the Connétable of St Helier and the Comité des Connétables in their proposition that the States should pay Parish and Island Wide rates on their property.
This includes the multi-storey and surface car parks around the Island. The estimated cost of the rates bill in relation to car parks is £190,000 - £200,000, roughly 3% of the income from parking charges.
The increase is later than usual this year, as the normal date for the increase is 1 February. The delay was due to the need to estimate the impact of rates.
The full list of charges are as follows:
|1 unit paycard||£0.78||£0.82|
|2 unit paycard||£1.56||£1.64|
|4 unit paycard||£3.12||£3.28|
|5 unit uniticket||£3.90||£4.10|
|10 unit uniticket||£7.80||£8.20|
|Monthly season ticket||£125.80||£132.40|
|Monthly half permit||£62.90||£66.20|
|Eco 1 unit parcard||£0.39||£0.41|
|Eco 2 unit paycard||£0.78||£0.82|
|Eco 4 unit paycard||£1.56||£1.64|
|Eco monthly season ticket||£62.90||£66.20|
|Eco monthly half permit||£31.45||£33.10|
Nb season ticket increase is 5.25%
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Eddie Noel said “This is a bigger increase than usual because we have had to pass on the rates cost. We have, however, not passed on the full cost of inflation.”