Pay on exit car parks could be set up in Lincoln to help the economy.
The idea is one of several options being explored in shaping the city council’s future parking strategy.
It could mean people using certain car parks pay as they leave, rather than the usual pay and display upon arrival.
The concept was mooted at the 6th annual Linking Lincoln City Centre Masterplan conference.
Kate Ellis, assistant director of planning and regeneration, told the Echo: “We should be able to implement pay on exit parking fairly quickly.
“I would like to think that in a year’s time we are at this conference saying it is the first initiative to come out of the strategy.”
She told delegates that park and ride and ensuring car parks are in the right places for a growing city will be also be looked at.
“Whether all of our car parks remain pay and display or some become pay on exit is going to need looking at,” she said.
“I have to confess I did go to Peterborough for an emergency passport and parked in a pay on exit car park at John Lewis and it was really handy.
“I was there for five-and-a-half hours and it cost me £6.
“We are not talking about a traditional highways parking strategy for Lincoln.
“We need to ensure it allows us to deliver and support our growth strategy for the city.”