Published: May 30, 2012
Parking fines change as council takes on enforcement in Burnham

Parking fines across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are set to change from June 11th when enforcement is taken on by the county council from Avon & Somerset Police.

The council will take over responsibility for issuing tickets in off-street car parks and on-street parking bays.

A Somerset County Council spokeswoman told that a number of new penalty charges are to be introduced: "They will be £70 or £50 depending on the reason."

"For example, parking on double yellow lines, in a bus stop or within a restricted area outside a school will attract a £70 penalty, whilst parking in a residents-only zone without a permit will cost £50."

"For payment within 14 days there is a 50 per cent reduction. Details of how to pay or appeal will be printed on the ticket."

The changes are being introduced as part of a new Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) initiative whereby power to enforce parking offences will transfer from the police to local authorities.

This transfer is intended to allow the police to focus on tackling more serious crime and allow local councils to link parking enforcement in car parks and on-street with other local transport priorities such as reducing congestion, improving air quality and promoting road safety.


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