Low uptake for Kingsdown parking zone in Bristol

Cars parked in Bristol
Image caption The residents' parking zone operates from 0900 GMT until 1700 GMT on weekdays

Fewer than half of the people eligible for a residents' parking scheme in Bristol have applied for permits.

People living in Kingsdown are being asked to pay £30 for an annual pass and another £80 for a second car.

Terry Bullock, the traffic manager at Bristol City Council, said that the holidays may have led to a low take-up.

He said about 40% of households had applied for a permit but some might not apply as they take their car to work during the operating hours.

He added: "We were hoping that more people would apply but with Christmas we got [the numbers] we were expecting.

Parking fines

"People have a particular problem with parking during the day and the scheme is designed to reserve parking."

Those not displaying a valid permit when they park in the zone, which operates on weekdays between 0900 GMT and 1700 GMT, could face a £50 fine.

Mr Bullock denied that the scheme, the first to operate in Bristol, was there to make money.

He added: "We have to operate the scheme and issue permits, then have people walking the streets making sure people have permits.

"People around the rest of the country pay a lot more than that."

The scheme will be reviewed after six months and Mr Bullock added it was possible that other areas could get residents' parking zones in the future.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites