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Parking charges set to be introduced across Dartmoor

Photo: ITV West Country

Car parking charges are set to be introduced across Dartmoor after honesty boxes failed to raise enough money.

Charges were introduced in Princetown four years ago but other beauty spots across the moor have always been free with motorists encouraged to make a contribution.

The charges will be introduced to raise money for car park improvements. Credit: ITV West Country

Staff at the national park say the money being raised from parking charges will be used to improve facilities such as car parks.

It is something that divides public opinion, introducing car parking charges. But it is something that we need to do. We've got a huge maintenance backlog about £200,000 we need to spend on Dartmoor's car parks over the next three years.

– Andy Watson, Dartmoor National Park
The national park says its 'suggested donation' policy failed to raise enough money. Credit: ITV West Country
15p
per vehicle is the average donation raised by the 'honesty box' policy.

Staff are hoping the new parking charges will raise more than £30,000.

The area is extremely popular with tourists with many driving from far away. Credit: ITV West Country

The charges will be introduced from April 2018.