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Free parking for frontline staff

Free parking for frontline staff

Friday 27 March 2020

Free parking for frontline staff


650 permits have been issued to hospital workers, police officers, and Salvation Army volunteers so they can park for free during the current health crisis.

From 08:00 tomorrow (Saturday, 28 March), Patriotic Street Car Park will be reserved for Hospital workers, except for the visitors’ parking and ground floor disabled parking that will remain open for all users.

The move will mean health staff will be segregated from the public, thereby reducing the risk of infection, the Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said.

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Pictured: From 08:00 tomorrow (Saturday, 28 March) Patriotic Street Car Park will be reserved for Hospital workers.

A total of 500 permits have been issued to all Hospital staff, including maintenance teams, so that they can access Patriotic Street carpark for free.

Anyone who has a vehicle currently parked in Patriotic Street, which they cannot move because they are, for example, in isolation, is asked to contact Parking Control on 01534 448669 for a special provision to be made. 

A further 150 permits for Green Street car park are being issued to police officers, who are required to take their personal protective equipment home daily in case they need to respond to a call from home.

The Salvation Army, which has set up a food bank in Minden Place, has also received seven permits for its volunteers. 

“Jersey’s frontline workers and volunteers are key to our management of Covid-19, and these parking permits will make it a little easier for them," the Minister said.

"We are also making a stressful situation a little easier for anyone who is delivering food or providing home care by recognising Parish of St. Helier carers parking permits. 

“We are all grateful for the long shifts and challenging work that all these people undertake, and I think Islanders will welcome the provision this support.”

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Pictured: The car parks listed above will not be charging from 1 April.

The Minister has also relaxed parking restrictions for carers, by instructing government parking officers to allow motorists with St. Helier carers permits to park on the street, provided that they are not causing an obstruction. 

Islanders who have left their car and cannot return if they are self-isolating, for example, are being urged to call 01534 448669 where the Minister said they will find a "sympathetic ear". 

The Minister also announced that anyone who park their cars at Laybys 5, 6 and 7 on the Avenue as well as in other car parks in St. Lawrence and St. Brelade (see the list above) will not be charged as the charges that should have been introduced from 1 April have been suspended.

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