Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement

We are responsible for enforcing parking, loading and waiting restrictions in the borough.

The main reasons for parking enforcement are:

  • to encourage sensible and legal parking
  • to reduce traffic congestion on our roads
  • to make our roads safer for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists
  • to support town centre needs, by encouraging commuters and other drivers to use long-stay car parks freeing up short-stay spaces
  • to increase blue badge benefits, by enforcing disabled parking spaces
  • to allow buses and service vehicles to operate more effectively
  • to improve the general environment
  • to use control and management of parking as part of our integrated transport strategy

A team of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), previously known as parking attendants, patrol and enforce the on-street parking regulations and the pay-and-display car parks.

CEOs do not deal with:

  • parking appeals
  • issuing permits
  • abandoned or untaxed vehicles
  • vehicles parked on the footway unless there are yellow lines in place
  • vehicles parked on grass verges unless there are yellow lines in place
  • vehicles causing an obstruction unless there are yellow lines in place