TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) -- - UPDATE: The University of Alabama will delay implementation of the new parking permits until January 2019.
"Since this new permit caught some by surprise, we will delay implementation of the “evening/weekend only” permit until January 2019 to allow ample time for communication with our campus community," a University of Alabama statement said.
Students attending the University of Alabama will have an added expense when they hit the books this fall. It will now cost $100 per year to park a car on campus after hours and on weekends for students who do not already have a pass, according to the University of Alabama's Transportation Services Division.
Students and staff who already purchase a normal daytime parking pass will not have to purchase an evening pass. The only people who will need these permits are those who need to park on campus after hours, according to a University spokesperson.
The new "evening permit" is available now, as the additional rules were put into effect earlier this month. According to the UA, Faculty and Staff Evening permits are valid in Perimeter and Green surface lots beginning at 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday and on weekends. Both Faculty/Staff and Student Evening permits are valid the Ferguson, Campus Drive, North ten Hoor, and Magnolia decks beginning at 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. and the Stadium Drive Reserved deck and surface lots beginning at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m., Monday through Friday and on weekends.
Students and staff are not required to buy parking passes, but must have one if they wish to park on campus during the day. A "commuter permit" cost $345 per year and allows students to park in commuter lots. Previously, parking after hours and on weekends was not regulated.
UA's Transportation Services tells CBS 42 that the new policies were put in place to avoid abuse of current free parking, saying students were parking cars overnight and leaving them in lots and parking decks into the following day.
Faculty and staff members also have to buy parking permits to park on campus during the day, which cost as much as $600. The same rules for evening and weekend parking apply for staff members as well, according to the school's website.
For anyone who needs to be on campus in the evening, but does not want to purchase an Evening Permit, they can park in the Ferguson, Campus Drive and North ten Hoor decks for .50 cents per hour, with a maximum daily rate of $10. A credit card or Bama Cash is required upon entrance to one of the pay-to-park decks, according to UA.
The evening permit would allow parking in some lots beginning at 4:30 p.m. and then expand to additional lots on campus at 6:00 p.m. each day.
To read the full University of Alabama parking rules and regulations, click here.
A full report, including reactions from students, will air on the CBS 42 News at 6.