Council wardens given go-ahead to dish out fines for on-street parking matters from April
PUBLISHED: 08:05 11 February 2017
Parking wardens will soon be patrolling the streets of North Somerset to stop people parking on double-yellow lines.
An agreement to introduce civil parking enforcement (CPE) has been agreed by the Department for Transport (DfT).
North Somerset Council had been poised to put parking wardens on the streets in October last year, but it was delayed by six months when the DfT asked the authority for more information.
Now council wardens are ready to hit the streets to monitor disabled parking bays and bus lane use and enforce double-yellow lines.
The responsibility to monitor on-street parking previously lay with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, but with police resources stretched to the limit the council opted to take responsibility for on-street parking enforcement in Weston and across North Somerset.
Council wardens already monitor off-street parking in the district and they will continue to oversee pay and display car parks while taking on the additional responsibility of patrolling the district’s roads, too.
Fines will be dished out to people parking on double-yellow lines, but it will still be the police’s responsibility to enforce zig-zag lines and obstructions.
At the council’s executive meeting on Tuesday, Elfan Ap Rees – who is the authority’s executive member for highways – confirmed CPE will be ready to roll out at the start of April.
As part of the scheme the council will hire and train new wardens and Cllr Ap Rees said: “The intention is wardens will cover the whole of the district and I think we are talking about employing 11 wardens in total.”