Cabinet asked to approve parking policy

Date: 17/02/2015

Key decision makers at the Council are being asked to approve a new parking policy at the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 24 February.

The parking policy covers parking for disabled people and eligibility for blue badges as well as non-private parking for vehicles such as buses, taxis and pedal cycles. On and off street parking, resident parking zones and how parking is enforced and controlled is also highlighted as a part of the report.

The Council will apply to the Government in March for powers to take over enforcement responsibilities for on street parking restrictions from the police. To do this, a parking policy must be agreed by Cabinet.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways said: "Illegal parking is inconsiderate at best and dangerous at the worst. It can cause a number of problems from increasing traffic disruption to compromising pedestrian and traffic safety.

"This new policy provides a framework for all our parking services across the district focusing on various parking guidelines.

"If our application to Government is accepted, we will be able tackle the issue of illegal parking with a firmer approach to make sure road safety and reduce illegal parking in the Wakefield area."

The Council's Regeneration and Economic Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee has considered and approved the policy. A consultation with local residents has also taken place and has been used to shape the new policy.