Evening patrols stepped up following residents’ concerns over illegal parking
Worcester City Council civil enforcement officers are stepping up evening street patrols in a bid to crack down on illegal parking.
The patrols have been stepped up following complaints from residents who are being encouraged to alert the parking team to areas where there is a problem.
On just one evening last month, 41 £70 fines were handed out to motorists who were parked illegally after 6pm. The Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued for a variety of offences.
Complaints of illegal parking include places such as disabled bays, taxi ranks, the King Street bus stand and the St John's area. People have also complained about food delivery drivers parking badly.
Although illegal parking is for local councils to enforce, if a vehicle is parked dangerously or in a way that could prevent emergency vehicle access then it should be reported to police.
Councillor Karen Lewing, vice chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Committee, said: "Our message is simple – park legally, or don't park at all. It only takes a couple of badly parked cars to cause traffic chaos – they are a hazard to other road users including disabled drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
"Parking restrictions exist for good reasons, for public safety and to ensure that traffic flows smoothly and we will not compromise on such an important issue. Those who park illegally will be fined."