MOTORISTS face a huge hike in parking charges in Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council is set for an extra £150,000 a year from the 25% increase in prices to park.
And the bulk of the burden is expected to fall on commuters.
They will have to pay more to leave their vehicles in council-run long-stay car parks and street spaces from March.
The car parks affected include the huge open space of Springwood, the former baths site at Cambridge Road, Milford Street and Old Leeds Road.
The planned increase will see prices go up from 80p for three hours, £1.70 for five hours and £2.50 all-day to £1, £2 and £2.80 respectively.
Those price hikes follow a similar increase in 2004.
But the council's transportation manager Jeff English denied that commuters were being targeted.
He said: "The decision was made by Cabinet in January, 2004."
Mr English said the move was to encourage shoppers rather than commuters into the town centre.
He added: "We have only got a limited number of parking spaces in Huddersfield on street, short stay and long stay, and all are pretty full at times of the day.
"The long stay commuter car parks are full nearly all the time.
"For the town centre's vitality the council wishes to promote it as a shopping area and destination and to free up more spaces for more shoppers to come."
But Unison officer Paul Holmes, whose union represents hundreds of town centre workers, said the increase put people in a Catch 22 situation.
He said: "I've got mixed feelings about the situation.
"In an ideal world I don't think the town centre is for commuter parking but the present transport system is just a nightmare."