Parking reminder to drivers

DRIVERS in Northumberland are being reminded of parking rules as council officers prepare to take over enforcement.

Currently Northumbria Police is responsible for monitoring on-street parking regulations, but from next month the responsibility will be passed on to Northumberland County Council, which already controls car parks.

Four teams of enforcement officers will be set up to cover the county, checking areas where there are single and double yellow lines, resident parking schemes, school keep clear areas, loading bays, taxi ranks, disabled spaces and car club and electric vehicle bays.

And to make sure drivers are fully aware of the rules, posters, leaflets and a website guide have been produced.

Each will contain the council’s red car logo and every household in the county will be given a civil parking enforcement information leaflet with their council tax details.

The website guide includes Highway Code information, details of how to appeal or pay parking fines and council contact information.

The council hopes that by taking over enforcement it will reduce obstructive parking and associated congestion, manage on and off-street parking more effectively and improve road safety.

Executive Member for Infrastructure and Environment Isabel Hunter said: “Our new publicity campaign with the eye-catching little red car logo will raise awareness of civil parking enforcement.

“I’m sure everyone will see this as a positive step towards ending illegal parking, including near schools.”

The costs of the service will be met from funds raised through fines, with any surplus invested in traffic safety initiatives.

For more information visit parking.northumberland.gov.uk