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Changes to boost parking availability

CHANGES to parking on Elizabeth Street in North Hobart have taken effect to improve parking availability at peak times.

The time limit for on-street parking between Federal and Burnett streets has been increased from 15 minutes to 30 minutes to be more useful for people accessing businesses along the primary retail and dining strip for short visits.

The changes follow a unanimous decision of Hobart City Council late last year based on feedback from traders and residents.

Paid parking will be introduced on Elizabeth Street during peak times from 17 May 2021 to encourage turnover, providing more parking availability for short stops such as picking up takeaway meals, and discouraging food delivery drivers from tying up premium parking spots.

Parking meters are currently being installed.

The cost to park will be $1 for the maximum 30 minutes and will be applied daily from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm.

Parking will be free of charge at other times within the signposted controls, but the half-hour time limit will remain between 9am and 9pm.

Parking has already been made free of charge after 6pm for the 128 off-street parking spaces at Condell Place and Lefroy Street to make dining out in the precinct more inviting and convenient.

Prior to 6pm, a reduced rate of $2 per hour applies for parking in the off-street facilities, at which parking is available for up to three hours.

Payment for parking can be made at the meter by cash or credit card, or by using the EasyPark app, which is available for free from the App Store and Google Play and allows the user to easily pay only for the actual time used.

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