Warwickshire County Council to implement new on-street parking enforcement in North Warwickshire
Published on Friday, 21st January 2022
From 1 February 2022, Warwickshire County Council will be implementing Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) in North Warwickshire.
Following approval by the Department for Transport the county council will undertake enforcement under the Traffic Management Act, bringing North Warwickshire Borough into line with the rest of the county. Enforcement has previously been carried out by the Police. This change comes following ongoing issues with parking in the town centres and public consultation undertaken last year.
From 1 February Civil Enforcement Officers will be patrolling the towns in North Warwickshire providing clear and fair enforcement of on-street parking as part of the county council’s Parking Policy. They will also ensure there is effective and consistent enforcement which assists in improving road safety and the local environment, managing the traffic network, and ensuring the needs of people with disabilities are met.
County Councillor Wallace Redford, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Planning said: “The implementation of Civil Parking Enforcement in North Warwickshire Borough means there is now a consistent approach across the county to ensure clear and fair enforcement of on-street parking.
“Civil Enforcement Officers will be on patrol across North Warwickshire’s towns helping to keep roads safe, ensuring there are no issues which could impede the flow of traffic or adversely affect the local environment and pedestrians.”
From 1 February Civil Enforcement Officers will be on patrol. During the first week of operation, they will simply be providing information and advice to drivers. This will be followed by a two-week period where they will issue warning notices to vehicles observed in contravention to raise awareness and to educate drivers. From 22 February officers will then issue a Penalty Charge (PCN). At this point motorists can either make payment or appeal if they believe there are grounds to do so. There is a clear process for them to follow.
Cllr Redford continues: “Residents and visitors to North Warwickshire can expect to see Civil Enforcement Officers on patrol across the borough from 1 February. We are taking a phased approach to the roll out of the scheme and officers will initially be providing information and advice, and then moving on to issuing warning notices. Finally, from 22 February they will issue penalty charges to vehicles in breach of the required parking restrictions.”
At the same time as new Civil Parking Enforcement regulations come into effect, North Warwickshire Borough Council is introducing new rules covering off-street parking the Borough Council’s car parks. The first two hours will remain free in all Council run car parks where two or more hours are allowed, with charges being brought in for longer stays. Borough Council enforcement officers will be on hand from 1st February to give advice and guidance on the new rules, including how to use the Pay by Phone app and Pay & Display machines which will be installed during early February.
Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council, Cllr David Wright said, “We are hoping that by introducing the new parking enforcement system and by working together with Warwickshire County Council we can resolve the long-standing parking issue in our town centres.
The programme will also enable us to invest in and improve our car parks making them safer and more appealing to residents and visitors.”
The key objectives of parking enforcement are:
- managing the traffic network to maximise the movement of traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, as required under the Traffic Management Act
- improving road safety
- improving the local environment
- improving the quality and accessibility of public transport
- meeting the needs of people with disabilities, some of whom will be unable to use public transport and depend entirely on the use of a car
- managing the competing demands for kerb space
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