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Safer roads ahead as Cheshire West takes over parking enforcement
RESPONSIBILITY for enforcing on-street parking in the former Vale Royal area is to be transferred to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) in an attempt to ensure safer roads and clamp down on inconsiderate and illegal parking.
Until now, parking has been enforced by the police but changes brought about by the Department for Transport’s (DfT) mean the area will now be brought in line with the rest of the borough, where civil parking enforcement has been in place since 2009.
The move will put an end to the current disparity which can see a rule-breaking motorist on one road dealt with through the criminal courts, while on a neighbouring road the same incident would be classed as a civil contravention, resulting in a fine.
Councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “I am delighted that the former Vale Royal area is to benefit from the strong and effective enforcement system already in place in the Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston areas.
“Inconsiderate and illegal parking has an impact on us all.”
Vehicles blocking junctions, abuse of disabled parking spaces and zig zag markings at school entrances are just some of the restrictions the council will be targeting.
Clr Riley added: “The reality is that the police often have more pressing matters to deal with which can mean that parking enforcement becomes a low priority.
“The transfer of powers will free up the police to concentrate on fighting crime and enable the council to respond to the parking needs and concerns of the local community.
“Enforcing parking restrictions is vital to maintaining safer roads, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow.”
Civil parking enforcement is expected to be in place by mid November, although this date is subject to parliamentary time being made available for a statutory order to be tabled by the DfT.
The majority of parking in the UK is now the responsibility of local councillors rather than the police
Clr Riley added: “Motorists who park legally and considerably have nothing to fear from this change.
“The only difference they can expect is clearer, safer roads.”
Further information about civil parking enforcement, visit cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/parking