Parking enforcement scaled back to focus on safety

Published Wednesday, 25th March 2020

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Parking enforcement has been reduced to focus only on safety, and issues such as obstruction.

This follows the announcement on Monday that one hour yellow line restrictions were being suspended in residential areas to ensure people can stay at home. The council is also speaking to its contractor APCOA to look at how parking enforcement staff could be redeployed to help the local community response to coronavirus.

Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “Whilst people may see civil enforcement officers out still, parking enforcement was majorly scaled back on Tuesday to focus on safety and issues like obstruction.

“We will only be enforcing double yellows, loading bays, obstruction, and school zig zags in places where schools are open. We are suspending enforcement of pay and display bays, car parks and resident parking schemes. We have also lifted one hour yellow restrictions in residential areas. We hope that this helps people stay at home where they can, but also maintain safety where needed and ensure that vital deliveries can be made for example.

“Our priority is to ensure that emergency vehicles and delivery vehicles are able to get to those in need and we believe this will help enable this.

“Staff are working on their own where they can, and where not, we have instructed that social distancing be observed. The situation is being constantly reviewed and may be scaled back further in the coming days.”

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