SPECIAL parking spaces just for car sharers are planned in Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council wants to reserve spots for motorists belonging to any council-approved car club or car share scheme.
Six spaces are planned, two each at the railway station, Oldgate House and the Civic Centre.
Kirklees hopes the move will offer an alternative to car ownership, ease congestion and improve air quality.
David Whittle, who owns Peters department store on King Street, welcomed the plan.
He said: “Unfortunately people have left the town centre for shopping centres where parking is free, so anything that encourages people to use the town centre has got to be applauded.
“It’s encouraging that the council is looking at ways to bring people in. I think retailers in the town centre would be in favour of this because car parks in Huddersfield are at capacity.”
Tony Coletta, who owns the Occasions shop on Market Avenue, agrees.
He said: “I think it’s a good idea. It won’t discourage anyone from using the town centre.
“Parking problems are something people are constantly discussing. We’ve got to do something about single occupancy cars and I think car sharing is the way.”
Kirklees is advertising a change to the Traffic Regulation Orders to reserve the spaces.
Anyone wanting to object can write to Susan Betteridge, Head of Legal Services, Kirklees Council, Legal Services, 2nd Floor, Civic Centre III, Huddersfield HD1 2TG.
Objections must be sent by August 29 and quote the reference DEV/BP/D119-070.
In March the first car share lane in the UK opened near Huddersfield.
It links the southbound M606 from Bradford to the eastbound M62 towards Leeds at Chain Bar, Cleckheaton.
The £5.33m lane is 1.7 miles long and is only open to vehicles carrying two or more people. It bypasses a notoriously congested section where the two motorways merge.
The council-run website www.carsharekirklees.com matches up drivers in Kirklees. It has saved 120,000 car journeys in the last year.