Motorists bemoan rising parking costs

Motorists in Launceston, Tasmania have criticised car park operator Care Park after it confirmed it would increase parking costs at two of its facilities in the city by 20 per cent.

The hikes mean that parking prices will rise 50 cents to $3 an hour at the Paterson Street central and York Street east car parks, the Launceston Times reported.

Commenting on the increases, Launceston resident Lauren Jones said: "It is a ridiculous ask for people to reach into their wallets to pay $3 to park their car in a car park that used to cost $1 for one hour.

"This demonstrates a lack of understanding for the economy and contempt for a small business community."

One option open to motorists searching for better deals and savings is to compare car insurance and consider switching provider. Speaking to the newspaper, Care Park owner Don Allen defended the parking price hikes, stating that he had delayed passing on rising operating costs for three years.

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