With cuts hitting many councils in the UK hard, many have looked for additional streams of income, including scrapping free evening and Sunday parking. The first councils to do this, such as Wyre and Canterbury, were denounced for this, with many seeing it as a “tax on worshippers”.
In response, a number of local authorities responded by setting up “worship parking permit” schemes, which allowed churchgoers free Sunday morning parking. Now though, as the Guardian reports, this is being challenged. The National Secular Society is challenging Woking borough council in the courts, warning that the exemption amounts to direct discrimination against non-believers who must still pay to park.