The main reason for parking restrictions is to prevent obstructive and hazardous parking. Some exemptions do exist for disabled drivers. The Road Traffic Act prohibits heavy goods vehicles from parking on footways unless they are making a delivery.
New waiting restrictions
The introduction of waiting restrictions requires a Traffic Regulation Order.
We would consider on-street parking restrictions where we have identified an ongoing parking problem. The restriction would need to likely resolve the situation if there are no other options.
Removing waiting restrictions
Waiting restrictions exist to resolve a particular safety or congestion issue. We would only support their removal if it is clear that the original issue would not return. This also applies to the removal of any parking bays on the road.
Enforcing waiting restrictions
Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) can enforce of parking restrictions. They can issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to any vehicle not complying with the restrictions. The Council retains all funds received from PCNs. We use the funds to maintain parking restrictions and run the Parking Service. We use any surplus to improve transport. This could be highways maintenance, subsidised transport fares or traffic calming measures. This is in accordance with the legislative restrictions in Section 55 (as amended) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
If there are no waiting restrictions on the road, a CEO has no powers to issue a PCN or remove a vehicle. If a vehicle is causing an obstruction or danger by parking on a footway, or too close to a junction you can report it to the police by calling 101.