The Highway Authority, in this case Worcestershire County Council, delegates the job of enforcing parking restrictions to us, instead of the police. This is called civil parking enforcement.
Under civil parking enforcement, parking restrictions are the same as they always were, and existing lines and signs are routinely refurbished to ensure that they are as clear as possible.
Why do we enforce parking restrictions?
There are several reasons: to reduce the amount of illegal, dangerous and inconsiderate parking, to encourage sensible and safe parking, to cut congestion and improve road safety.
If you park legally, you should have nothing to worry about. If you are in any doubt where, or for how long you can park, check the markings on the road or any nearby signs.
How does enforcement work?
Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) patrol where parking restrictions exist and are covered by a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). This includes double and single yellow lines, loading and unloading areas, disabled bays, limited waiting areas and taxi ranks.
Civil Enforcement Officers do not have targets to meet.
Isn’t this just a money-making scheme?
No! The aim of Civil Parking Enforcement is to improve traffic management. If there is any income left over once the costs of running the service have been deducted it cannot be added to our general income. It is ring-fenced for improvements to traffic management.
What if I park incorrectly?
If you contravene parking regulations a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued. These replaced the old Fixed Penalty Notices issued by police and traffic wardens.
How much will it cost if I get a PCN?
PCN levels are set nationally. See here for all the details.