Drivers urged to park safely as town centres reopen
As lockdown restrictions are eased and town centres reopen, motorists are being reminded to follow parking regulations in Gloucestershire.
The reopening of shops, more people going back to work and the return of more pupils to school has led to more traffic on the roads.
As a result Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) will initially be issuing warning notices to motorists parked illegally to ensure they are aware that full enforcement is now in place, but a record will be taken and any subsequent offence will result in the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Parking CEOs have until now been prioritising safety-related restrictions and access for blue badge holders and emergency vehicles, but will now be stepping up their patrols to ensure the safety of road users while supporting our economic recovery.
To continue our support for the NHS, we will still be providing free parking bays for NHS workers around Cheltenham General Hospital and anyone found using one of these spaces who is not an NHS worker will receive a PCN.
CEOs will continue to practise social distancing while they are out on their patrols and will be engaging with the public between now and Monday to help with any queries before warning notices begin to be issued.
People will also be encouraged to use cashless options for pay and display.
Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for parking, said: “It’s great to see more people returning to our town centres as shops reopen and lockdown restrictions are eased. But with roads and towns getting busier again, it’s important for us to manage parking to keep all road users safe and support our economic recovery.
“We really appreciate your support in parking safely and legally, but would like to remind anyone who doesn’t that they will initially be given a warning notice and risk a penalty charge notice for any further offence.
“I’m pleased to see that the free parking bays for NHS workers will continue to be provided as a token of our appreciation for their heroic efforts during Covid-19.”