Argyll and Bute Council assumed the responsibility for parking enforcement across the council area on Monday 12th May.
During the first few weeks the council has employed a ‘light touch’ approach where first time offenders are issued with warning notices.
The decision has been taken to extend period by one week, with full enforcement going live on Monday 16th June.
The council’s Policy Lead for Road and Amenity Services, Councillor Ellen Morton, said:
‘’We’ve decided to extend the grace period by a further week to give people more time to find out about the changes.
‘’It’s really important that people know about it and that they know where they can and cannot park.
‘’The new amenity wardens will be out on the streets issuing warning notices and speaking to people and advising them on what the changes to parking enforcement actually mean.
‘’Council staff have produced a leaflet which has some really useful information about the changes to parking enforcement. Once the leaflet has been printed the wardens will be distributing it around local shops and council buildings .’’
If vehicles park illegally following a warning notice, they are likely to receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).
From Monday 16th June all vehicles caught parking illegally will be issued with a PCN.
By assuming the responsibility for parking enforcement, the council will be able to ensure effective traffic management in our town centres.
This move is as a result of the police no longer employing traffic wardens.
Effective traffic management has a number of benefits, including supporting our local economy by ensuring parking turnover.
Local enforcement will also safeguard access for Blue Badge holders, for deliveries, for loading and for emergency vehicles as well as ensuring road safety by managing inconsiderate and irresponsible parking.
Local enforcement will keep Argyll and Bute moving.
The council has employed new amenity wardens to enforce parking regulations across the council area, as well as addressing issues of dog fouling and littering
They will be patrolling all areas of Argyll and Bute where parking restrictions are in force.
These include, but are not limited to, areas with yellow lines, pay and display bays, loading and unloading areas, disabled bays, limited waiting areas and off-street parking areas.
To avoid getting a fine you should avoid parking in the following areas:
- In areas where waiting and loading restrictions are in force at the time
- In a reserved bay (e.g. for blue badge holders) without correctly displaying a valid permit
- On mandatory zig-zag lines outside a school or by pedestrian crossings
- On the pavement or grass verges behind waiting restrictions in force at the time
- In a pay and display space without paying the correct amount for the duration of your stay
- For longer than any limited waiting restriction or return to the space within the stated time limit
If you are not sure, check what is on the sign which applies to the place where you are thinking of parking.
In line with national guidelines, the PCN is set at £60, to be paid within 28 days. If paid within 14 days, the charge is reduced to £30. If unpaid, the charge increases to £90. Unpaid PCNs could result in the council instructing sheriff officers to pursue recovery of the debt, which may incur additional costs.
If you receive a PCN, to avoid the debt increasing, it is best to pay early.
Penalty charges can be paid through the ‘pay it’ function on the council website, over the phone to our customer service centre, in person at any of our customer service points or via paypoint at a local shop.
For further information go to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/parking