Tradesmen forced into costly permit battle

Self-employed tradesmen up and down Britain are being left out of pocket because of expensive council parking permits.

The permits allow tradesmen to park in restricted areas whilst working, but only half of UK councils make them easily available and they can cost thousands of pounds.

Paying the price

Inevitably, London areas came out as the most expensive, with Islington topping the bill.

The north London borough charges a whopping £3,760 for annual permit, while the boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Tower Hamlets and Hounslow all charge over £500.

However, those outside the capital can still expect a hefty fee depending on location. Coventry and Edinburgh councils each charge £1,000, with Brighton and Hove, Aberdeen and Tandridge also proving costly.

Swings and roundabouts

Yet the biggest surprise could be the variation in price. Some councils charge nothing at all, while 10 charge over £500.

In London alone the variety can be confusing. The price of daily permits can fluctuate dramatically - £26 in Brent compared to £15 in Bexley.

Making it hard

This isn’t the first example of authorities making life difficult for small business owners, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Incorrect fines from HMRC, database mistakes from the DVLA – of the many challenges facing tradesmen, dealing with authorities certainly seems to be one of them!

How much do you pay for a permit? Do you think councils should make life easier for tradesmen? Let us know in the comments section!

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