Residents across Oxfordshire have welcomed changes to the way parking rules are enforced and have been letting the new officers know where they should patrol.
On 1 November, Oxfordshire County Council took control of civil parking enforcement in Henley from the police. For the first two weeks, officers only issued warning notices to offenders, to make sure people were aware of the new enforcement regime. However, from Monday 15 November, drivers who break the rules face fines of between £50 and £70, depending on the contravention, although these will be halved if paid within a certain period.
From 1 to 14 November, 144 warning notices were issued in Henley and from 15 to 17 November, 23 Penalty Charge Notices (fines) were issued in the town.
Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We are delighted with the response so far, and it is heartening to hear that so many people are thanking our enforcement officers for doing something about a problem that has been going on for many years. It must be a myth that being an enforcement officer is a thankless task!”
The new enforcement officers are responsible for permit holder parking and on-street pay and display parking, as well as:
- double and single yellow lines
- limited waiting bays
- loading bays
- zig-zag markings at schools (if restrictions apply)
- pedestrian crossings
- double parking (parking too far from the kerb)
- blue badge bays
- taxi ranks
- parking in bus lanes and stops
- parking across dropped kerbs where there’s a crossing point, with or without tactile paving.
People can report incidents of illegally parked vehicles by using Oxfordshire County Council’s online form.