Changes to parking rules

THE enforcement of parking regulations is set to change in Northumberland from next month.

The county council has launched a campaign to make residents and visitors aware of the start of civil parking enforcement (CPE) – where the council is taking over responsibility from the police.

A handy guide is now available on the website to view or to download and keep in the car and use a reference to parking regulations.

It includes Highway Code information and details of how to appeal and pay parking fines and contact the council.

Every household in the county has received a copy of a CPE information leaflet included with their council tax brochure.

Four teams of CPE officers, based in the central, south east, north and west areas of the county will begin monitoring on-street and off-street car parking from early April.

Enforcement will be carried out on single and double yellow lines, resident parking schemes, school keep clear areas, loading bays, taxi bays, disabled bays, car club and electric vehicle bays and in car parks.

The cost of operating CPE will be met from funds raised from penalty charge notices with any surplus funds used for traffic safety initiatives.

For more information visit parking.northumberland.gov.uk