Dummy parking tickets plan for drivers flouting laws

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DRIVERS who have been getting away with flouting parking restrictions in the East Riding may find themselves landed with a “dummy” ticket in the next fortnight.

East Riding Council is taking over civil parking enforcement next month following Humberside Police’s decision to withdraw its traffic warden service.

From today until November 7, when the council becomes legally responsible for the service, wardens will be issuing dummy tickets to drivers in areas like Beck Hill, Chapel Street and King Street in Bridlington and in Beverley town centre, where there have been complaints about drivers parking on double yellow lines, on taxi ranks and loading bays.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services, said people would see a difference because the police had scaled back their traffic warden service: He said: “While the council overall is employing less people, in the short term people will see a difference because of the level of enforcement by the traffic warden service has been less. The appropriate thing is to have a short period to raise awareness.”

The council has trained existing parking attendants to carry out traffic wardens’ roles and created 10 new posts - one less than the total employed by the police.

Mr Skidmore said wardens were expected to take a wider “ambassadorial” role, acting as a point of contact for visitors, and being the “eyes and ears” for problems like littering. He said: “We want them to provide an ambassadorial role so they are not there just to enforce the restrictions but to provide information and be a point of contact for people in our towns and villages. We also want them to report significant issues they come across while undertaking their duties.”

Set-up costs for the service are around £490,000 - which is expected to be recouped from income over five years.

The council says people who receive the dummy tickets won’t face further action, with enforcement action beginning on November 7. It won’t be implementing new parking restrictions as it believes those currently in place are adequate. More than 80 local authorities across the country now operate their own civil parking enforcement.

For more see www.eastriding.gov.uk/roads-streets-transport/parking/civil-parking-enforcement