North Yorkshire County Council is launching a consultation on plans for the authority to take over the enforcement of most parking restrictions from the police in a bid to reduce illegal parking and obstructions.
Civil parking enforcement – where parking offences on the public highway are regulated by local highway authorities rather than the police – already operates in many parts of the UK and in Scarborough and Harrogate boroughs within North Yorkshire. The county council is now considering extending civil parking enforcement to the remaining districts of Craven, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Selby. The consultation seeks people’s views on the parking issues that matter to them. County councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways said: “As the highways authority it makes sense for the county council to consider taking on civil parking enforcement so that we can coordinate all our efforts in keeping our highways clear and free from any illegal obstruction. We believe it would lead to less congestion and therefore a reduction in pollution and better road safety. We also believe it would make it easier to park in town centres and help businesses with deliveries. We welcome people’s views on this matter to assist us in developing our ideas.” The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 13 June – 5 September. The questionnaire can be completed online at www.northyorks.gov.uk/parkingsurvey For more information about the survey contact our Customer Service Centre on 0845 8727374