Argyll and Bute Council has agreed (Thu 20 December) to start the process to introduce Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) in 2014. It comes after the withdrawal of the traffic warden service by Strathclyde Police. This would mean the council could be responsible for enforcement of on street parking and waiting and loading restrictions in the future. Once in place DPE cannot be reversed.
A timetable for introducing DPE is being set out which would allow this to come into force in 2014 subject to a final business case. Before then the council and police will continue to work together with the police to focus on safety and agree an effective enforcement plan. The council will also invest in car parks which need upgrading and develop a policy which reflects the needs of local businesses and communities.
Lead Councillor for Roads and Amenity Services, John Semple, said “This is a welcome first step which should in the future lead to more effective parking provision, management and enforcement in Argyll and Bute. The effective management of traffic is vital to the local economy and the quality of life in our towns and villages. “
A progress report will be heard by councillors in April 2013.