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Civil parking enforcement

What does civil parking enforcement (CPE) mean?

On 31 March 2008 regulations were introduced in England and Wales under the Traffic Management Act 2004 Part 6 that should provide motorists with a fairer and more transparent parking enforcement service across the country, helping raise industry standards in parking.

The regulations will require CPE to be more transparent, simple and proportional to motorists, and Local Authorities will have to make clear that enforcement is based on compliance with local parking regulations and not the number of tickets issued.

Councils will have to be more transparent about their parking management policies, undertake regular reviews of policies through consultation with stakeholders and communicate these policies effectively to the public. They are also encouraged to provide training for everyone involved in parking management and enforcement.

Additional powers are being given to independent adjudicators. They will be able to refer cases back to the chief executive of Local Authorities' where a parking contravention has taken place in mitigating circumstances and can ask the Local Authority to consider cancelling the penalty charge.

Enforcement will also be 'proportional' to the contravention's seriousness, with new regulations providing for differential changes. Higher penalties will apply for matters such as parking on a double yellow line and a lesser charge for overstaying in a pay and display bay.

The benefits of parking enforcement and reasons for regulations

Local authorities are now able to ensure that parking policies are implemented effectively. Integration of enforcement and parking policy responsibilities will provide better monitoring of the effectiveness of parking controls and will enable the local authority to be responsive to the public's needs. CPE in Eden will bring benefits to the community by:

  • Encouraging sensible and safe parking
  • Easing congestion on the roads and enhance traffic flow
  • Improving safety for drivers and pedestrians
  • Allowing buses and authorised service vehicles to operate more effectively
  • Improving the general environment
  • Improving access to shops, offices and other premises
  • Improve the turnover and availability of spaces

The law allows Councils to regulate parking and enforce parking contraventions to further the above aims.

Parking problems

Indiscriminate parking can result in problems for road users and residents. Typical examples of this include:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Dangerous parking on pavements and in narrow streets
  • Residential areas used as free all-day car parks by commuters
  • Illegal parking outside shops, offices, and schools.
  • Parking in disc zones or disabled bays without an appropriate permit or disc.

Frequently asked questions on civil parking enforcement

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