Clampdown on illegal parking in Burnham-On-Sea gets underway
who park illegally in Burnham-On-Sea town centre are being warned
to expect fines this week by Somerset County Council's new parking
council's new civil enforcement officers, pictured here in Burnham,
were introduced earlier this
month, but a temporary amnesty has been in place with warnings
given to motorists instead of penalty notices.
Monday June 18th, however, the amnesty was lifted and fines are
now being issued.
new enforcement powers are aimed at helping ease traffic congestion
and improve safety and town centre business trade by clamping
down on drivers who break the rules.
Harvey Siggs, the county council's Cabinet Member for Highways,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This sees the start of our new
responsibilities and we are pleased to be working with our contractor
Council is determined to bring a single approach to managing parking
on our streets that will be fair to all, and we mean to enforce
common approach across Somerset will mean street parking regulations
are treated the same way."
residents and schools all stand to benefit from the Councils
parking enforcement as we aim to improve traffic flow and safety
on our streets."
Council has signed a five year contract with NSL to provide this
30 officers from district council parking departments at Sedgemoor,
Mendip and Taunton Deane have been transferred to NSL. Others
have been recruited to bring the number of civil enforcement officers
to nearly 50.
council will take over responsibility for issuing tickets in off-street
car parks and on-street parking bays.
on double yellow lines, in a bus stop or within a restricted area
outside a school will attract a £70 penalty. For payment
within 14 days there is a 50 per cent reduction.
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.
transfer is also 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