We’ve all been there – held up because someone’s parked irresponsibly or struggled to find somewhere to park outside local shops because vehicles have overstayed their allotted time.
At the moment Avon and Somerset Polices are responsible for enforcing most on-street parking restrictions, but inconsiderate drivers will soon face tougher consequences when we introduce civil parking enforcement (CPE) on Monday 3 April.
Under CPE we’ll be responsible for enforcing:
Double and single yellow lines
Blue badge bays
Limited waiting bays
Zig-zag markings at schools (if restrictions apply) and pedestrian crossings
Parking across dropped kerbs where there is a crossing point and tactile paving
Double parking or parking too far away from the kerb edge
Parking in bus stops
This is all in addition to the off-street car parks and on-street pay and display parking that the council already looks after. The police will continue to be responsible for dealing with dangerously parked vehicles, obstruction and moving traffic offences.
Better enforcement of existing parking restrictions will lead to better parking in areas where there are restrictions as well as a better turnover of parking spaces and improved safety for pedestrians and road users.
Drivers who contravene off- or on-street parking restrictions will be issued with a penalty charge notice (or PCN) by one of our civil enforcement officers.
The team of 11 officers will work across North Somerset seven days a week, on a rota basis. We’ll also have extra officers on duty during peak, busy periods – for example during the summer months.
As preparation for CPE the team have been placing warning stickers on vehicles that are contravening parking restrictions, advising which parking restriction has been contravened and that a penalty charge notice could be issued in the future if the vehicle is parked in the same way.
People who are issued with a PCN will be able to pay online, over the phone, by post or in person.