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Pickles urges renting driveways

Cabinet minister Eric Pickles has vowed to clamp down on a "back-door parking tax" to allow homeowners to cash in by turning their driveway into a car park.

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RAC welcome plans to rent driveways

Motoring charity the RAC Foundation has welcomed plans to enable people to rent out their driveways as car parks. Professor Stephen Glaister said the plans made sense as the number of parking spaces has not kept pace with the increasing number of cars on the roads.

Instinctively this has to be right. The number of cars has grown from two million in 1950 to 28.5 million today. The number of parking spaces has not increased at anything like a similar pace.

If people can rent out a bedroom to a lodger then, within reason, why not let them lease out space on their drive? It is hardly a change of use.

Surely, if we can reduce congestion on the streets, then councils should be rejoicing rather than moaning?

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