FLINTSHIRE Council yesterday took over the role of enforcing on-street parking in the county from North Wales Police.
The council’s new civil parking enforcement scheme aims to encourage safe and sensible parking throughout Flintshire.
Traditional traffic wardens have been replaced by council-employed civil enforcement officers who will now be patrolling streets and council car parks seven days a week.
Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment at Flintshire Council said: “The issue of parking in Flintshire now changes from a criminal offence to a civil matter.
“We hope that by encouraging motorists to comply with parking restrictions, the new system will improve road safety, traffic flow and the environment and create a more pedestrian-friendly environment in our towns.”
Any vehicle parked in contravention of the restrictions will be issued with a penalty charge notice.
These will range from £50 to £70 depending upon the seriousness of the contravention but will be discounted by 50 per cent if the penalty is paid within 14 days.
All revenue from on-street charges will be used by the council to run enforcement and administration of the scheme and any surplus used to fund local parking, highway and transport improvements.
The council has issued the following tips to avoid a fine:
l Don’t park where yellow lines or waiting or loading restrictions are in force.
l Always read the road signs which state what restrictions apply.
l Don’t park on zig-zag lines.
l Only park in loading areas if you are loading/unloading goods.
l Only park in marked disabled bays if you are entitled to do so.
l Park wholly in marked bays in car parks and make sure that you have complied in full with the regulations.