Council parking scheme criticised

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 October 2015

North Somerset Council will soon be responsible for enforcing parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines.

North Somerset Council will soon be responsible for enforcing parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines.

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Council staff now have powers to dish out parking tickets, but only to some badly-parked cars – a loophole labelled ‘farcical’ by councillors.

Last month, North Somerset Council voted to take on the responsibility of enforcing double yellow lines, disabled bay parking and bus lane use from the police.

But councillors are concerned the new civil parking enforcement (CPE) will have little impact.

Under the new system, if there are no yellow lines but the vehicle is still causing an obstruction, or if someone is parking in an unsafe or dangerous way, it will remain a police matter.

At the council’s strategic planning and economic development meeting, Cllr Donald Davies suggested the scheme will only help Weston town centre.

He said: “If someone is parked in Weston on a corner which has double yellow lines we do something about it, but if they go outside of Weston and park on a corner which doesn’t have yellow lines, we can’t.

“Unless we have double yellow lines on every single bit of road, there’s nothing CPE can do about it.”

Cllr Chris Blades said: “It is unfortunate that the law is in such a way that if a car is parked dangerously there’s nothing we can do about it under CPE.”

Council transport officer Colin Medus defended the scheme, and said he hoped it would help the police with their workload.

But Cllr Peter Burden said: “Basic parking law isn’t covered by this, it’s farcical.

“It’s just beggars belief that people out there enforcing the traffic can’t go and do anything about the most obvious parking faults.”

The council hopes to be able to introduce CPE by October 2016.


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