Parking at all Dundee City Council on and off-street provision will be free from Boxing Day initially for the next three weeks.
In line with the tightening of protections against the new strain of coronavirus announced by the Scottish Government, the city council has made the move which will be reviewed in mid January.
Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Under the level four restrictions the only people using our car parks and on-street parking should either be key workers, or those workers in our communities who are having to use bays or surface level spaces they wouldn’t normally be using.
“These charges were suspended during the first lockdown earlier in the year and it would be unfair and unjustified if we asked people to pay them now.
“We saw in March and April that there was a dramatic reduction in the amount of traffic on our roads and the need for parking dropped in line with that.
“The suspension will be reviewed after three weeks and a decision taken in light of the circumstances at the time.”
Dundee City Council staff will continue to enforce parking restrictions to ensure that no vehicles are parked dangerously or causing an obstruction for other road users or pedestrians. They will also respond to complaints from the public about unsafe parking.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.