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More Traffic Wardens For North Yorkshire


8:42am 30th May 2013

You're more likely to get a ticket in North Yorkshire if you're parked illegally from today.

The county council's taking over enforcing parking rules from the police and are promising to get tough. There will now be one traffic officer for each district - previously there were two for the whole of North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council is reminding motorists that from today (30th May) responsibility for the enforcement of parking restrictions on public highways throughout North Yorkshire will pass to the local authority.

The county council says it has not introduced any new parking, waiting or loading restrictions as part of this process.  They say that the changes simply mean that existing restrictions will no longer be enforced by North Yorkshire Police but by the local authority.

Agreement has been reached between all councils in the county so that the enforcement of the public highway and local authority off-street car parks will be carried out by Scarborough Borough Council (in Ryedale, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Scarborough) and Harrogate Borough Council (in Craven, Selby and Harrogate). 

North Yorkshire County Council say that any motorists parking in infringement of parking and waiting restrictions will be at risk of being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice. They add that as the highways authority, the county council has a legal obligation to keep the roads free-moving, safe, and available to all users.  

“Poor, dangerous and obstructive parking can pose a danger to pedestrians, reduce visibility for other motorists, and disrupt traffic flow,” said County Councillor Gareth Dadd, Executive Member for Highways.

“Drivers already know where they shouldn’t be parking and I would stress that if people comply with parking restrictions then they will not be unduly affected by the new arrangements. However, communities will see benefits which include reduced congestion, a better turnover of short-stay parking spaces for the benefit of shoppers and local businesses, and greater protection of disabled spaces and residents’ parking areas.”

From today, penalty charges will be standardised across North Yorkshire, bringing them into line with the charges currently imposed in Harrogate and Scarborough, say the county council, adding that there will be two different levels of penalty. Parking where waiting, stopping or loading are prohibited will constitute a higher level contravention, with a charge of £70.  Failure to comply with the requirements in designated parking areas will lead to a charge of £50, say North Yorkshire County Council. Both penalties will be halved if paid within 14 days, they add.

“Civil parking enforcement is most emphatically not about making a profit,” added Councillor Dadd.  “The primary objective is to dissuade motorists from contravening parking restrictions.  In fact, there is unlikely to be any surplus from the new operation after administration costs are covered.”    

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