Civil Parking Enforcement

Traffic Management Act 2004 Part 6 Civil Parking Enforcement

On 31st March 2008 new regulations were introduced in England and Wales that changed the ways in which parking enforcement within the country is carried out.
The regulations aim to provide motorists with a fairer and more transparent parking enforcement service across the country.

The main changes associated with the introduction of the Traffic Management for Redcar and Cleveland Borough are:
  • Decriminalised Parking replaced with Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE)
  • Parking attendants replaced with Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs)
  • The introduction of differential Penalty Charge Levels
Enforcement Who does what?
Civil Enforcement Officers enforce all yellow line and parking place restrictions.
Penalty Charge Notices cannot be served unless there is a traffic regulation order in place, which is indicated by the appropriate lines and sign.

Only the police have the power and are responsible for the enforcement of moving traffic offences or dangerous parking such as:
  • Parking around a junction which restricts visibility for other drivers and dangerous parking where waiting restrictions are not present.
  • Obstruction of the highway which includes parking (driving) on and blocking the use of the footpath.
The need for Parking Enforcement
Regulation on the highway is an effective tool in managing the highway network. However, restrictions and parking controls are only effective if they receive effective and appropriate enforcement. Parking Enforcement allows the Authority to introduce new, realistic parking schemes in the knowledge that they have the resources & powers to enforce them. This will help deliver the aspirations of the Local Transport Plan.

Effect of Increased Enforcement
Based on studies carried out at other locations increased enforcement is likely to:
  • Reduce the total number of parking contraventions (illegal acts) and the duration of these acts.
  • Increase legal parking acts and the paid-for time at public parking bays
  • Increase the use of off street and on street designated parking places.
The aim of the increased enforcement is to bring benefits to all members of the community and provide an enforcement regime that can be tailored to resolve local issues.

Benefits of Enforcement
Specific benefits that will be directly achieved by better parking enforcement are:
  • Making the best use of existing roads for all users.
  • Reducing the number of accidents and improving road safety.
  • Restraining the demand for commuting by private cars.
  • Encouraging responsible car usage and promoting public transport, walking and cycling and generally more environmentally friendly modes of transport.
  • Encouraging a high standard of public transport operation.
  • Ensuring that the general fabric of roads, footpaths and cycle ways are kept in a safe condition.
  • Assisting safe and efficient movement of freight traffic
  • Improving the network to assist public transport services.
  • Providing for the needs of the mobility impaired.
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