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New parking rules for motorists in Medway

Date: 06/03/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

An overhaul of parking services is taking place to make Medway safer. From 31 March, councils up and down the country will be able to change the way they tackle congestion and disruption on the roads by using new enforcement powers. In Medway, the council’s Cabinet approved the new legislation – called the Traffic Management Act 2004 – in January. The act gives councils more power to manage parking policies and the appeals process. CCTV operators will be able to monitor traffic flow and issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) to anyone they see flouting parking regulations. This is monitored from the council’s CCTV hub and also by officers in a new mobile car that will patrol Medway’s streets, particularly outside schools during busy hours. Anyone caught breaking parking regulations or causing a dangerous obstruction will have their PCN sent to them in the post. Previously, parking attendants had to photograph the PCN attached to the motorist’s window for it to be valid. Now it can be issued if an attendant has been prevented from serving the notice, or the motorist drives away before the notice can be completed. Parking attendants are also being renamed civil enforcement officers to allow them to enforce against motorists who block dropped pavements - a power that was previously held by the police. Residents, whose driveways are blocked by inconsiderate motorists, can also report the vehicle to the council by phoning 331650. Motorists who cause a hazard by double parking next to another parked car will find themselves facing enforcement action. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “Our officers are inundated with calls from residents to help stop people from parking illegally outside their homes, or careless motorists who park outside schools during rush hour and force children and parents to walk into busy roads. These changes are not about making money, but about giving our officers the powers to tackle motorists who flout parking restrictions that have been put in place to protect everyone.’’ There will also be two levels of penalty charges depending on the severity of the contravention: The higher bands in Medway will be £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. The lower band in Medway will be £50, reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days. Details of the higher band penalty charge notices: · Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours · Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force · Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place · Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging · Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit · Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited · Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line · Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space · Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle · Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading · Vehicle parked more than 50 cm. from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place · Parked adjacent to a dropped footway · Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge · Parked in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles · Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles · Parked on a taxi rank · Stopping where prohibited (on a red route or clearway) · Stopped on a restricted bus stop/stand · Stopped in a restricted area outside a school · Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track · A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban · Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction · Parked in contravention of a coach ban · A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways · Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway (footway parking) · Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-zags · Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse · Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited · Parked in a restricted area in a car park · Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit · Parked in a disabled person’s parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge · Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height and/or length permitted in the area · Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle Details of the lower band penalty charge notices: · Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket · Parked after the expiry of paid for time · Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated · Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time · Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours · Parked displaying multiple pay & display tickets where prohibited · Parked with engine running where prohibited · Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required · Parked without payment of the parking charge · Parked in a resident’ parking space without clearly displaying a valid residents parking permit · Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place displaying an invalid permit, an invalid voucher or an invalid pay & display ticket · Re-parked in the same parking place within one hour of leaving · Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space · Parked for longer than permitted · Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc · Parked in a disc parking place for longer than permitted · Parked without payment of the parking charge · Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted · Parked after the expiry of paid for time · Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket · Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond time first purchased · Parked beyond the bay markings · Re-parked within one hour of leaving a bay or space in a car park · Parked in car park when closed · Parked in a pay & display car park without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required · Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than the designated purpose for the parking place · Parked with engine running where prohibited