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FAIRER CAR PARKING

The "Task and Finish Group" has been set up by the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee at South Lakeland District Council in order to examine off-street car parking within the District. The Council receives around Ł2 million in car park income, which forms a significant part of its budget and influences the level of Council Tax set each year. Off-street car parking can reduce congestion on the District’s streets, and allows a provision for both residents and visitors to the area.

Car Parking Survey for Residents of South Lakeland

The article below has been brought to you courtesy of the Federation for Small Businesses "Lancashire & Cumbria Voice of Business", May/June 2008 edition. 

The Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade are indebted to them for use of this article, however the Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade can not  be held responsible for the accuracy of this article. 

Local authorities should no longer use parking enforcement as a revenue-raising tool nor set targets for the number of tickets issued, under new regulations and statutory guidance brought into force from 31st March 2008.

 

Designed to make parking enforcement fairer and more motorist-friendly, the new framework encourages councils to allow officers more discretion over when a ticket is issued, including issuing verbal warnings for minor offences.  Local authorities are also strongly advised to use wheel-clamping only against those who persistently evade their penalty charges.

 

Councils outside London can issue lower penalties for less serious offences and all authorities have to include details of appeals procedures on their tickets.  Independent parking adjudicators have also been given more power, including the right to ask authorities to reconsider penalty charges when there are mitigating circumstances.

 

The framework has also made it clear that local authorities should:-

  • Publish and promote their enforcement policies and penalty charge levels openly and clearly.

  • Regularly appraise their parking policies in consultation with drivers and businesses.

  • Ensure parking attendants have clear evidence that a vehicle was parked in contravention before issuing a ticket.

  • Make sure staff have the proper skills, training and resources to provide a fair, consistent and professional service.

  • Only use CCTV to enforce parking rules where it is impractical or dangerous for an attendant to operate.

The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General Regulations 2007/3483 are available at;

http://www.opsi.gov.uk

An explanatory memo to them and for other linked regulations is available at;

http://tinyurl.com/36bly5 (pdf)

 


 

SLDC's Car Parking Policy

and Charges

 
Transferable Parking Tickets - SLDC Letter
Reply from Cllr. Graham Vincent - Portfolio Holder
Reply from SLDC regarding the above. 

Letter to Cllr. G Vincent - Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity & Transport - SLDC

Parking Policy
Main Car Parks and Charges
Car Parking Income within Windermere and Bowness - 2007/08

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