ENFORCEMENT of parking regulations has been handed over from local police to East Renfrewshire council as of today.
From April 2, responsibility for enforcing parking rules lies with the local authority’s community wardens in a move to decriminalise parking offences.
The council now has civil powers to issue penalties for static parking offences, leading many residents and councillors to believe that more tickets will be handed out. Moving offences and obstructions, meanwhile, remain under police rule.
Wardens and parking attendants will wear an ERC uniform while patrolling, as well as an identifying badge.
ERC has renewed and refreshed all waiting restrictions, signs and lines ahead of the move – but, as reported in last week’s Extra, some residents have called for a review of restrictions in specific areas, with one neighbourhood starting a Netherlee Parking Facebook campaign amid worries that they would be charged for parking outside their homes.
Councillor Tony Buchanan, convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth, said: “The free flow of traffic is essential to ensure sustainable economic growth within East Renfrewshire.
“Parking control and regulation is designed to help people conduct business and to make the streets safer for drivers, pedestrians and all other road users.”
He continued: “The fine will be £60 with a 14 day payment discount to £30. The council wish to control parking to benefit everyone, not as a money making scheme.
“Tickets will be in ERC colours and logo and will have payment instructions clearly visible.
“We wish to encourage prompt payment and a dedicated phone line for card payment is available. We also want to make it easy for motorists to park safely and legally and understand the importance of traffic safety and smooth flow of traffic.”
What do you think of ERC’s move to decriminalised parking? Have you seen it in action yet? Share your thoughts by emailing Gillian (link above) and they could be used in this week’s paper.