SUNDERLAND COUNCIL is driving down costs for motorists with the lowest parking charges in the UK.

A new survey carried out by private number plate provider National Numbers found that Sunderland is the cheapest place for motorists to park their cars in the UK. The city also enjoys the third cheapest parking globally, with drivers in Sunderland paying an average of just 79p an hour to park their cars.

Councillor Amy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Sunderland City Council, said: “We aim to provide parking facilities that are safe, secure and affordable, and it is fantastic to see that we are not only leading the way in the North East, but nationally.

“Compared to our North-East neighbour, Newcastle, our parking is over £1 cheaper on average – and it’s over £2 cheaper than cities lik