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Parking FAQs

Parking


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Which car parks have disabled access ticket machines?|
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Have any alterations been made to parking ticket machines to make them accessible to those in wheelchairs?|
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Are there any further parking concessions being made for blue badge holders?|
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How can I pay for my parking at those vehicle parks with no disabled access to ticket machines?|
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What restrictions are there for the ON STREET blue badge parking in Market Place vehicle park, Banbury (adjacent to NatWest)|
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Can I park overnight in council vehicle parks?|
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Do you charge for motorcycle parking?|
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Do you have parking for motorcycles?|
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Why is there a sticker on my vehicle?|
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Can we stop commuters/shoppers from parking in our street?|
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Can I stay longer at the short stay vehicle parks with my blue badge?|
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As a blue badge holder can I park my vehicle in any marked parking bay, or do I have to use a designated disabled space?|
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Do blue badge holders have to pay for on street parking in Cherwell district?|
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As a blue badge holder, if I get a monthly, quarterly or annual blue badge holder season ticket is it restricted to one vehicle?|
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As a blue badge holder, can I park for free in a marked disabled bay?|
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Can blue badge holders still park for free at Curtis Place, Kidlington|
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Do I need to display my blue badge even though I have paid for my parking?|
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So I need to display my blue badge, even though I have a blue badge holders season ticket?|
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If I want to pay by phone, what is the RingGo number?|
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Do I have to pay if I have a disabled badge?|

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Which car parks have disabled access ticket machines?
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Machines at the following locations have adapted machines
 Banbury:
 Market Place
 Windsor Street
 North Bar East
 Calthorpe Street (Long Stay)
 The Mill (area 2)
 Riverside
 Calthorpe Street Short Stay (area 2)

 Bicester:
 Market Square
  /> Claremont
 Machines in Cattle Market already have ramped access.

In Kidlington, parking remains free of charge.

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Have any alterations been made to parking ticket machines to make them accessible to those in wheelchairs?
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Yes, work has now been carried out to make a selection of ticket machines more accessible for disabled people using the council's vehicle parks. These machines and the information board(s) have been lowered in height. There has been some adverse press criticism of the council for lowering these machines, the implication being that able bodied customers now have to bend down to use these machines. We have taken a responsible approach to the changes and lowered machines in vehicle parks most used by disabled drivers. Where there are two machines only one has been lowered. These will be monitored to decide whether any further changes are required.

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Are there any further parking concessions being made for blue badge holders?
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Season tickets provide a saving of up to 37% for regular vehicle park users and blue badge holders may apply for a blue badge holders season ticket which gives a further discount of 25%. When paying by phone the 20p convenience charge is waived for blue badge holders.

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How can I pay for my parking at those vehicle parks with no disabled access to ticket machines?
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Blue badge holders can make use of the RingGo pay by phone system, which allows you to pay for parking by phone. There is usually a 20p fee, however, this is waived for blue badge holders.

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What restrictions are there for the ON STREET blue badge parking in Market Place vehicle park, Banbury (adjacent to NatWest)
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There is free parking for blue badge holders for a maximum of 3 hours.

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Can I park overnight in council vehicle parks?
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It is currently free after 7pm but the tariff starts at 8am. Overnight vehicle parking between charging periods is free. However, non season ticket holders, who are not able to collect their vehicle until after the beginning of a charging period must ensure that they pre-purchase pay and display tickets. These are available after the end of the previous charging period.

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Do you charge for motorcycle parking?
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Not in authorised motorcycle bays. However, when parking in one of the council's car parks pay & display bays, full payment must be made.

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Do you have parking for motorcycles?
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Yes, there are marked bays in Bridge Street and Spiceball North Banbury, Franklins Yard and Claremont Bicester and Curtis Place Kidlington.

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Why is there a sticker on my vehicle?
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Garage and parking areas owned by Cherwell District Council throughout the District are regularly checked for untaxed or dangerous cars.

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Can we stop commuters/shoppers from parking in our street?
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No, not unless there are yellow lines which prevent it. The road space outside your property is a public area and therefore available for general parking.

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Can I stay longer at the short stay vehicle parks with my blue badge?
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The maximum permitted stay limit in our car parks is extended by one hour for Blue Badge holders (with the exception of Bridge Street drop-off point in Banbury)

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As a blue badge holder can I park my vehicle in any marked parking bay, or do I have to use a designated disabled space?
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A Blue Badge holder may park in a pay & display bay, although when doing so, payment for parking must be made. When parked in a pay and display bay, badge holders are entitled to one additional hour free of charge after the end of the paid-for period.

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Do blue badge holders have to pay for on street parking in Cherwell district?
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On street parking is currently free.

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As a blue badge holder, if I get a monthly, quarterly or annual blue badge holder season ticket is it restricted to one vehicle?
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When the season ticket is purchased it is assigned to an individual by their blue badge number and not a car registration, therefore it can be used in any vehicle but must be displayed with the blue badge itself, showing its expiry date.

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As a blue badge holder, can I park for free in a marked disabled bay?
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Yes.

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Can blue badge holders still park for free at Curtis Place, Kidlington
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Yes, blue badge holders will be allowed a maximum stay of 3 hours in the short stay vehicle park.

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Do I need to display my blue badge even though I have paid for my parking?
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Yes, you will need to display your valid blue badge, showing the expiry date, in order to be eligible for an extra hour free parking.

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So I need to display my blue badge, even though I have a blue badge holders season ticket?
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Yes, along with the blue badge clock set to the time of arrival, otherwise you may be issued with an Excess Charge Notice.

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If I want to pay by phone, what is the RingGo number?
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01865 989000. This is clearly displayed on the information boards together with the reference number of the car park, which you will be asked to provide.

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Do I have to pay if I have a disabled badge?
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Yes, when parked in a pay and display bay. Not when parked in a designated disabled bay.
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