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First hour free parking ends for season on 31 March

Date: 19 March 2024

Photo of someone pressing the green button on one of the Council's ticket machines to obtain a valid parking ticket

‘First hour free’ parking ends 31 March

Orkney Islands Council is reminding motorists that the ‘first hour free’ parking in Council pay-and-display car parks will end on 31 March.

From 1 April 2024, motorists will need to purchase a ticket to avoid being issued a fine. Blue Badge holders will still be able to park free of charge in all pay and display car parks.

Fees will also return to full price.

The Council agreed in the lead up to this year’s budget setting to limit its seasonal ‘first hour free’ parking and reduced tariffs period to January, February and March.

Chair of Development and Infrastructure Committee said: “This change is a reflection of the huge financial pressures on all Councils right now, but one that still supports the aim of encouraging footfall into our high streets during the most difficult months for retailers.”

To view the list of available free short stay and long stay parking, visit our website.

  • Summary:

    A reminder to motorists that the 'first hour free' parking in our pay-and-display car parks ends for the year on 31 March, with parking fees also returning to full price.

  • Category:
    Roads, Lighting and Parking
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