Council clamps down on illegal parking

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 June 2012

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MOTORISTS who park illegally in Somerset could land hefty fines now new council parking wardens are out in force.

Somerset County Council’s new enforcement measures were introduced earlier this month, but a temporary amnesty had been put in place with warnings being given to those who parked illegally, instead of fines.

The council excused almost 600 people across the county in the first week it took over the parking responsibilities from Avon and Somerset police.

The authority issued 571 leaflets to drivers who would have normally been given a penalty of either £50 or £70.

On Saturday 134 warning notices were handed out, and a further 79 on Sunday.

However, that amnesty was lifted on Monday and motorists and those who flout the rules from now on will face a penalty charge notice.

The new enforcement powers are aimed at helping ease traffic congestion and improve safety and town centre business trade.

Cabinet member Harvey Siggs said: “It has been a very pleasing first week for the council, with a positive reaction from the people of Somerset to seeing this level of parking enforcement on the streets. The amnesty is now over and our parking wardens will apply the rules appropriately to help us achieve our aims of improving traffic flow and road safety across the county.”

More than 40 parking wardens from district council parking departments have been employed by the contractor NSL and will issue fines, wearing the council’s branded uniforms.

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