LUC Car Share scheme

Welcome to our LUC Car Share Permit scheme! 

Loveurcar Colchester aims to help all drivers save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

Car sharing is definitely one of the easiest ways to save money on your driving,  through sharing parking and fuel costs. It also makes your driving greener by reducing the number of cars on our congested streets.  See our page on Car sharing for more inspiration and advice.

To thank you for car sharing we offer LUC 2+ dedicated bays for car sharers in preferential locations in four town centre car parks and Colchester station. The bays are located either near the entrance or exit of each car park giving you easy access in and out of the car park.

You can find two bays in St John’s Street car park and four bays in Vineyard Street, Britannia, St Mary’s  car parks in the Town Centre (normal charges apply). There are also four  (8 hour maximum stay) bays on the South side of Colchester station (normal charges apply from the 1st January 2019).

An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) scheme is in place at Colchester Station, so in order to use the LUC car share bays at the station we will need to add your name and vehicle registration details to a ‘white list’ which will be retained by Greater Anglia and their car park provider NCP. This will mean that your vehicle will be recognised by the ANPR system as permitted to use the LUC car share bays. You will need to pay to park online or via your mobile either before or within 24 hours of using the bay. Standard charges apply and it is significantly cheaper after 9:30am.

To register to use the bays, complete the application form below, press send and that’s it!  We will send you your car sharing permit in the post once we have validated your request*.  Applications will be processed within ten working days. Once you have put the permit in your windscreen, you can start using the bays.

COVID-19 update: Please be aware that due to Covid-19 restrictions, LUC officers are working from home and it may take more than the normal 10 working days to send you your permit. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.  

If you already have a permit but now need to renew it, please complete this form

* Subject to Terms and Conditions (see end of form below)

LUC car share application form


    Your details


    About your car share


    Terms and Conditions

      • -a car share is defined as a minimum of two adults over the age of 18 years sharing one car for the journey.
      • -the permit is assigned per car rather than per car share, therefore an application must be made for each car used and the permit is not transferable
      • -there is no charge for obtaining a LUC permit, but the owner has the obligation to renew it annually (the owner is defined as the person whose car is registered for the permit)
      • -the LUC parking bay may only be used on the days when the permit holder is car sharing (as defined under section A)
      • -the LUC permit allows the owner to park in designated car share bays when car sharing, but does not exempt him or her from paying parking fees as applicable. These still need to be paid in full whenever using the car park (unless already in possession of a paid season ticket - applicable in town centre car parks only)
      • -there is a maximum stay limit of 8 hours in the Colchester station LUC car share bays and this will be enforced by the ANPR camera system. If you overstay the maximum 8 hours you may be liable for a penalty charge.
      • -the LUC permit must be displayed clearly in the windscreen whenever parked in a designated car share bay. (Blue badge holders should also display their blue badge)
      • --this scheme is only available in the following car parks: St Mary’s MSCP, St John’s MSCP, Britannia, Vineyard Street and Colchester Station (south side) .
      • -LUC car share spaces are available on a first come first served basis. The permit does not guarantee the availability of a space
      • -the car share bays will be monitored to ensure they are being used in conformity with the specified terms and conditions
      • --failure to conform with the specified terms and conditions may result in the withdrawal of your LUC car share permit.
      • -users of the LUC car share bays must comply with the regulations of the car park or the owner of the vehicle might be liable to receive a penalty issue
      • -failure to conform with the specified terms and conditions may result in a penalty notice being issued by NCP on behalf of Colchester Station or NEPP on behalf of Colchester Borough Council and the potential withdrawal of your LUC car share permit.
      • Loveurcarcolchester, hosted by Colchester Borough Council will gather personal information from you (name, address, email, car registration as outlined in the application/reapplication form) in order to process your request to join the Loveurcarcolchester car share scheme. We will also use your personal data to:
      • - Send you your loveurcarcolchester permit.
      • - Contact you occasionally in relation to your usage of the car bay scheme
      • - Contact you with updates regarding the loveurcarcolchester carshare bay scheme and other Colchester initiatives to improve air quality
      • - Contact you to take part in occasional additional surveys to monitor aspects of the car share scheme.
      • - To monitor usage and trends in uptake of the bays to help us increase the uptake of car sharing, marketing and evaluating usage of the car share bays.
      • - We will retain your personal data for up to 2 years. We will then delete your personal data from our records unless you have reapplied to renew your permit. Your data will only be used by the administrators of the scheme and not shared with any third parties.
      • - If you have agreed to be added to the Colchester station 'white list' in order to use the car share bays on the south side of the station, we will share your name and car registration plate details with Greater Anglia and the NCP who manage the station car park. Your name will remain on the 'white list' unless you request that we remove it or you use the station LUC bays less than once every three months.
      • We will ensure that the data you give us is processed in line with our host Colchester Borough Council’s Data Protection Policy and in line with your rights under Data Protection legislation. In signing up to the Loveurcarcolchester car share scheme you are consenting to us processing your personal data for the purposes outlined above. For further information about how your data is used and stored, please go to
      • - Loveurcarcolchester may change these Terms and Conditions at any time. You will be notified of any changes via email.
      • - See Tariff Board in car parks for full details of Terms and Conditions.
      • -LUC cannot guarantee the on-going availability of LUC car share bay spaces in any car park that is currently part of the scheme.
      • -LUC car share bay permits are valid for one year. It is your responsibility to renew your permit and to ensure that you have a valid permit when you use a LUC car share bays.