FREE parking in Dorset Council car parks for NHS and care workers will remain in place throughout the current lockdown.

Health service and care workers can continue to use any Dorset Council-operated car park free of charge, provided they are on duty and displaying a relevant permit, or they have registered with the council.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council member for travel, said: “I’m pleased to continue our support for colleagues in the NHS and care sectors by extending our free parking offer to the end of February.

“These workers are providing a vital service to some of our most vulnerable and isolated residents.”

Originally run for a limited time early last year, free parking was reinstated during the November lockdown period, and continued throughout December.

The extension of the free parking for NHS and care workers will be reviewed by councillors on a monthly basis.

To register as a NHS worker for free off-street parking while working, please email parking@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk, providing your full name, evidence of employer details and vehicle registration number.

Vehicles already registered for the scheme do not need to re-apply and will be automatically extended on the parking services system.