Civil Parking Enforcement comes to Wakefield

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The powers for enforcing parking restrictions across the district are being taken over by Wakefield Council from Monday June 13.

Civil Parking Enforcement means the powers for enforcing parking on yellow lines and parking bays will transfer to the Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers and will no longer be the responsibility of the police.

Motorists whose parking breaches the regulations will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice which costs £70 or £50 depending on the seriousness of the breach.

This charge is reduced by 50% if it is paid within 14 days of the PCN’s issue date.

Failure to pay a Penalty Charge Notice will result in further action, including an increased charge.

Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: “Civil parking enforcement will make our district’s roads safer and improve traffic flow.

“Businesses should also benefit from the new powers because short-term parking areas such as outside local shops will receive better enforcement. This should deter motorists from parking longer than permitted and make it easier for motorists to find a space when needed.”

Motorists who receive a Penalty Charge Notice will be directed to the council website where they can pay their fine or appeal.

Any monies received through Penalty Charge Notices will be used to fund the cost of the service, and if there is any additional surplus this will be reinvested into the district’s roads.