Carers in Cornwall are set to benefit from a new parking scheme being trialled from this week.
The Healthcare Permit Scheme will enable Care Quality Commission accredited carers to apply for a permit to park on street for a limited time when visiting clients, even where there are single or double yellow lines.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Carers have told us that being able to find a parking space close to the home of those they care for is sometimes a real issue for them. As they search for somewhere to legally park on the road, the time they have to spend with the person they are visiting is being eaten into. This new trial means that they can apply for a permit which will let them park on street for a limited time, even where there are single or double yellow lines.”
The new scheme is being introduced for a 12-month trial period and means about 130 Care Quality Commission accredited care organisations can apply for the Health Care Permit on behalf of the 4,000 carers they employ.
Anyone who receives care is encouraged to speak to the organisation that provides their care to see if their carers may be eligible to take part in the scheme.
The Healthcare Permit parking scheme will work in a similar way to the blue badge scheme for disabled people. Carers will be issued with a yellow badge which they will be able to place in their windscreen, set the time and then park for up to an hour in many places where they wouldn’t normally be allowed to park.
Even with the Healthcare Permit, parking still won’t be allowed in loading bays or at bus stops or on zig zag lines outside of building like schools and hospitals. Specific parking bays such as those reserved for disabled drivers, doctors, taxis or residents are also not included in the scheme.
There is no charge for a Healthcare Permit, which will be vehicle specific.
Find out more information on the Healthcare Permit Scheme and how to apply