So today as I was at the #HIA I decided to get to the bottom of the free parking status. I popped into the Car Park Management Office and spoke to a HIA representative there who answered my questions below. I’m a photographer not a journalist so these are not direct quotes as I can’t remember the exact words used, but this is the gist of it-
Q) How long is the free parking for?
A) It’s about to change, and probably next week.
Q) But I had read somewhere online that it was free until the 27th July.
A) It was but because the other car parks aren’t operating yet, this one is reaching over capacity as it houses long stay, short stay and staff parking. And we need to start charging reduce the demand.
Q) So next week you will start charging, any idea when?
A) A formal announcement will be made probably sometime next week announcing the changes.
Q) Any idea what the charges will be?
A) That is being finalised now and will be announced at the same time.
Q) What happens if someone parks their car next week, and when they come back from a month long vacation find that charges have been instigated while they were away.
A) They will not be charged if they entered the car park while it was free.