FAQs for staff
Answers to popular queries about car parking on UWE Bristol campuses for UWE staff. Please also refer to FAQs for all drivers.
What are the criteria for allocating a permit?
Can I get a refund on my permit if I no longer need it?
If you want to withdraw from the scheme, you can do so at any time. Just return your permit to car parking, building 650, who will arrange to cancel your payments.
Unfortunately, we can't refund any payments, so please send us your permit as soon as you decide you no longer need it.
Are there any discounts on car parking?
If you're contractually needed to work a shift pattern that partly covers the car parking charge window of 9:00 – 17:00 (ie starting before 7:30 and/or ending after 20:00, as confirmed by their line manager), you'll get a 50% discount on these costs, due to limited public transport options that are available at these times.
Grade A contract
In line with the University’s commitment to the living wage campaign, staff on a UWE contract at grade A will not have to pay a charge – although they will still need to apply for a permit.
How does a salary sacrifice scheme work? Will it affect my NI contributions, tax or credits?
Salary sacrifice means you agree to give up part of your pay to receive some form of non-cash benefit of a similar value - in this case, the right to park on campus.
Parking charges will be paid from gross pay before tax and National Insurance (NI) is deducted.
As parking charges reduce your gross pay, you therefore pay less tax and NI , so you will pay less for your parking than if you paid the full amount without using salary sacrifice.
Will salary sacrifice affect my pension?
Salary sacrifice schemes may be used by someone in any of the pension schemes at the University. Staff in the LGPS and USS will have their pension contributions calculated on their pre-sacrifice pay whereas those in the TPS scheme will have theirs based on post-sacrificed pay, ie after the money for car parking charges has been deducted.
So, for those in the LGPS and USS schemes, their pension contributions, and hence pension entitlements, will not be affected and they will benefit from the salary sacrifice scheme. Those in the TPS scheme will benefit from the salary sacrifice scheme, but may be affected by slightly reduced pension contributions.
What happens if I lose my permit?
I would like to car share occasionally - which permit do I need to apply for?
What do I do if my car share partner is away? Can I bring my car in?
Yes. But if the permit is registered to your vehicle and you don't have a passenger, you won't be allowed to park in a car share space.
If the permit is registered to your car share partner’s vehicle, then you’ll need to find an alternative way to campus until they return. We’re looking at options for flexible car share permits, so please watch this space.
I have a courtesy car or personal hire care for a few days - what should I do?
I have changed my car - do I need to re-apply for a permit?
If I have a temporary disability - what can I do to make parking easier?
Can I register more than one vehicle on a permit?
I normally cycle, but I want to drive when the weather is bad - will I be able to park?
Yes. You'll be able to bring your car, but depending on how often you bring your car, it may be better value to register with us and then buy daily parking tokens.
If you want to pay daily and park in Car Park 20, you'll need to register your vehicle with us in advance to benefit from the £3 daily rate.
Car Parking and Transport Services
University of the West of England
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81222
Fax: +44 (0)117 32 83633