Council has put charges up following a five year freeze

Devon County Council is increasing charges to on-street parking for the first time in five years.

From May 9 the cost of parking in on-street bays will rise by 10 per cent, rounded up to the nearest 10p.

The council has urged divers to use district council off-street parking where possible and help tackle traffic congestion.

There will be no change to short-stay tariffs of 30 minutes or less.

The council says drivers can contribute towards congestion by preferring to 'circle' roads looking for vacant cheaper on-street parking bays, instead of using district, city or borough council parking facilities.

The idea is that DCC on-street bays should not be more attractive than the nearest district council car park alternative.

The council's cabinet member with responsibility for parking and traffic management, Councillor Stuart Hughes, said: "By getting drivers to select off street car parks rather than circling the roads looking for the cheaper option it will help us better manage traffic.

"There hasn't been an increase in on-street parking tariffs since April 2011 and since then there has been an increase in the Retail Price Index of 15 per cent in the five years to September 2015.

"But this isn't about raising money, it's about traffic management and effective traffic flow and we hope by introducing a small increase it will encourage motorists to choose the facilities operated by our district council partners."