Council to take over parking enforcement

Cropped car and yellow lines
Cropped car and yellow lines

WAKEFIELD Council has agreed to take over parking enforcement powers from the police.

Most non-endorsable offences, such as parking on yellow lines and misusing car parking spaces, will now be dealt with as civil matters after a new Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) scheme was approved at cabinet on Tuesday.

The police will still have sole responsibility for dangerous parking, obstruction offences and a full range of moving traffic offences.

A report before the cabinet committee said police wanted to see more enforcement but had “limited resources at their disposal to run an effective service”.

The report said West Yorkshire Police had just four traffic wardens to cover the entire district.

But the council has 16 civic patrollers in its parking services team – and plans to introduce a further eight.

Andy Wallhead, the council’s corporate director for regeneration and economic growth, said: “CPE will help keep the district moving by making sure that vehicles are parked properly to reduce congestion on roads and improve safety to road users and pedestrians.

“By introducing CPE we can ensure that time limits for the length of stay in our parking areas are observed, making more parking spaces available.

“Managing our car parks in this way will support development in our city, town and village centres to keep them viable.”

The report said it would be at least a year before the scheme could be implemented.