Civil Parking Enforcement starts in Wakefield
Wakefield Council is taking
over the powers for enforcing parking restrictions across the district from
today (13 June).
Civil Parking Enforcement
means the powers for enforcing parking on yellow lines and parking bays will
transfer to the Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers and will no longer be the
responsibility of the police.
Motorists whose parking
contravenes the regulations will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice which
costs £70 or £50 depending on the seriousness of the contravention.
This charge is reduced by 50%
if it is paid within 14 days of the PCN’s issue date. Failure to pay a Penalty
Charge Notice will result in further action, including an increased charge.
The main purpose of civil
parking enforcement is to change the behaviour of motorists by encouraging them
to abide by parking restrictions that serve an important purpose. For a short
period of time, motorists who park in contravention of the regulations will be
given warning notices to help them adapt to the new restrictions.
However, motorists should not
expect to receive a warning before being issued with a penalty charge notice
and are advised to comply with the parking restrictions from the 13 June or
risk a fine.
The Police will continue to
issue Fixed Penalty Notices for certain parking offences, which have not been
decriminalised. These include parking on pedestrian zigzag lines, vehicles
causing an obstruction and taking action against vehicles where security or
other traffic policing issues are involved.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield
Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “Civil parking
enforcement will make our district’s roads safer and improve traffic flow
around the district.
should also benefit from the new powers because short-term parking areas such
as outside local shops will receive better enforcement. This should deter
motorists from parking longer than permitted and make it easier for motorists
to find a space when needed.”
Motorists who receive a
Penalty Charge Notice will be directed to the Council website www.wakefield.gov.uk/parkingnotice
where they can pay their fine or appeal.
Any monies received through
Penalty Charge Notices will be used to fund the cost of the service, and if
there is any additional surplus this will be reinvested into the district’s
For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/parking