Woodhouse Lane charges 8 for stays of five to 14 hours (closing at 9pm weekdays), the Merrion Centre charges between 10 and 18 for the same period (but is open 24 hours) and St John's 12.80 to 20.10 (again open 24 hours).
huge hike for the driver who overstays a planned four hour stay which is charged at 7.70.
The Woodhouse Lane council run multi storey car park is located Nike Air Vapormax White Blue close to the universities and a 10 minute walk from Leeds city centre.
The Merrion Centre increases its charges hour by hour so it costs 8.50 for up to five hours or 10 for up to six hours.
So it costs less to park outside Otley Market than Kirkgate Market in Leeds.
It charges less than the privately run car parks at the neighbouring St John's and Merrion Centre shopping centres.
Likewise, it is cheaper to park in Normanton and Castleford than Wakefield city centre.
For those wanting to save money on parking the message is clear do as much shopping as you can locally and be prepared to park that bit further from your destination. Better still, pay nothing at all on parking by walking, taking public transport or cycling.
Consumerwatch spoke to Leeds City Council and Wakefield Council.
That money will be ploughed back into public highways. Another three per cent hike is due again in September.
The Light is also a pricey option and costs 13.50 for up to eight hours, but it was the cleanest and brightest of the city centre shopping centre car parks.
Those prepared to walk five minutes down the road can park at Town Centre Car Parks' Whitehall Road site for the entire day (7am to 6.30am the next day) for 50p more at 7.50. Motorists parking after 2.30pm for the afternoon pay 3, or 3.50 for a full day on the Saturday. Walk a little further and prices drop yet again.
parking for up to three hours in the short stay facility will be charged 35 the most expensive parking tariff Consumerwatch found in the whole of Leeds.
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Across the road, motorists using the Wellington Place pay and display facility are charged slightly less during the week as long as they collect their vehicle before midnight the same day.
Commercial shopping parks tend to offer free parking to attract people away from town and city centres but remember to check the parking policies, as some impose a maximum length of stay.
Take commuters, day trippers or holidaymakers using the park and ride facilities at Leeds City Train Station, run by APCOA in partnership with Network Rail.
IT'S amazing what a little bit of forward planning can save you when it comes to car parking.
There is an outdoor short stay pay and display facility at the rear entrance off Aire Street, or a multi storey long stay car park next door. A motorist Nike Uptempo Chi For Sale
Generally, the more central and convenient a parking spot is to an attraction shops, a cinema or music venue the more expensive it will be.
Next door the same motorist would pay 7 for up to four hours.
The NCP off street parking at Edward Street is a particular draw and charges 6 for 24 hours or 5 for a couple of hours with no reductions for evening stays.
By comparison, users of the Dewsbury Railway Station car park on Station Road are charged just 1 for three hours, according to the Kirklees website.
Theatre goers visiting Leeds Grand by car should be careful. Many choose to park at the city's nearby Chinatown.
By comparison, Wakefield Council's current car parking rates are frozen at April 2007 prices, there has been no increase for two years, though fees are currently under review.
Note that the Leeds City Council Edward Street metered car parking is free after 6pm. If these are full, the meters around Kirkgate Market charge 1 after 5.30pm in the week.
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Car parking hits the pocket hard
Also watch out for tariff banding.
Similarly, the bigger and more popular a shopping area the more expensive it is to park.
Overall, Leeds City Council raked in 7.5m in 2009/10 purely on car parking charges 3.3m from on street fees, and 4.2m for off street fees.
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