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Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Charge drivers, shopping malls.

Byline: Jewel Staite

WHEREAS I have no objection to any local authority increasing town centre parking charges, typified by Newcastle (reported in the Chronicle on June 7), perhaps for the North East attention should be directed to out-of-town shopping malls.

If retailers within a city centre, for example, have to address the problem of customers migrating to pastures new simply as a means of avoiding parking charges, despite public transport offering a viable alternative, then perhaps the time is right for the out-of-town shopping malls to impose an appropriate cost for "free parking".

Sadly, parking is far from free, and perhaps local authorities should finally address the issue of problematic driver behaviour.

Perhaps the time is right for local authorities in an area to introduce, say, a toll for drivers who wish to avoid city centre parking charges and visit the MetroCentre.

If drivers understood that "free parking" is a deluded belief, and had to pay a comparable charge, then perhaps they may change their behaviour.

Jewel Staite
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2008
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