Pray and Display: The New Religious Parking Permit

June 26, 2008

Author: David Williams

Source: Evening Standard

A unique "pray and display" parking permit for drivers carrying out religious duties is being launched.

Barnet council says it will provide religious leaders with permits allowing them to park in a resident's bay free of charge when on business.

It says the scheme - believed to be the first of its type in Britain - will help "vulnerable residents in time of spiritual need".

Applicants will need to provide a letter of support from their place of worship and a brief description of the religious duties being carried out.

The council says it will also consider applications from members of a congregationwho are deemed to be on official church business, such as visiting a sick person.