First week of parking wardens on North Somerset's streets sees 709 fines issued
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 21 April 2017
North Somerset Council's civil parking enforcement scheme saw an average of 100 drivers issued with fines every day in its first week.
The council took on responsibility for on-street parking on April 3 and it dished out 709 tickets in its first week, meaning drivers in Weston-super-Mare and other North Somerset towns clocked up £49,630 in fines for poor parking.
The cost of the scheme – £492,140 a year – will be covered by the fines, with any additional cash raised ring-fenced to spend on improvements to roads and transport.
The council’s executive member for highways and transport councillor Elfan Ap Rees previously told the Mercury the scheme will put an end to bad parking, and added: “People are realising that they simply can’t do it and we are already seeing people beginning to take notice, and sue the car parks rather than parking on double-yellow lines.”