WORKERS and shoppers are facing a hefty hike in car parking charges.
Commuters who park up while working in Huddersfield and Dewsbury will see the cost going up to £4 per day from next February - a whopping 42% rise.
And shoppers, too, will have to pay more to use the towns' car parks and streets - with an 11% rise looming in June.
There will also be charges introduced on Sundays for the first time.
The proposed increases will not go down well with retailers in Huddersfield.
They have consistently opposed plans to charge for Sunday parking and accused Kirklees Council of using Huddersfield motorists to subsidise other parts of the area.
The review of parking charges has been carried out by the council's highways service.
And councillors will be urged next Wednesday to approve the charges.
Council bosses claim the aim is to free-up town centre car parks for shoppers rather than commuters and encourage people to use public transport.
They also promise that if the proposals are accepted, there will be no further need to increase charges before 2010.
Some of the main points are:
* In long-stay car parks, motorists will now have to pay for a minimum of five hours at £2.50.
* All-day parking will go up from £2.80 to £4.
* Sunday parking will cost £1 - on and off street.
* Parking in multi-storey car parks will cost 10p an hour more - rise from 70p to 80p at the bus station and 80p to 90p at Queensgate.
* On-street car parking in the town centre will rise from 60p to 70p per half-hour.
A report to councillors says: "Huddersfield's retail activity on Sunday has now firmly established itself with almost half the shops regularly trading.
"Our neighbouring towns in other districts already have Sunday tariffs and the £1 a day tariff for Huddersfield will still mean very competitive.
"On the long-stay increase, the town has improving transport opportunities on both buses and trains to mitigate these changes.
"The council needs to encourage more commuters to use public transport for their journeys to work."
But the report says there is a concern over increasing costs in Dewsbury and Holmfirth as both are lagging behind Huddersfield for retail performance.
The move, however, has angered retailers.
Long-serving shopkeeper Tony Coletta said: "They seem very big increases. No retailer would put up prices on this scale.
"With Sunday shopping, we have worked hard to build up trade and our big weapon was free parking. Now they are taking that away."