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Two week warning until ‘parking police’

 
Created on 20/03/2011 @ 10:37
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The Welshpool area will have its very own parking police from April 1, and it’s definitely no April Fool’s joke.

Powys County Council is taking over the responsibility for the enforcement of on-street parking and waiting restrictions from Dyfed Powys Police. It means that from that day, any vehicle parked in contravention of restrictions will be issued with a penalty charge notice by the new Civil Parking Enforcement team.

Dyfed Powys Police will no longer be able to issue fines for parking offences, other than dangerous parking and obstructions, after this date.

To warn motorists, posters will be displayed in shops across Powys and in the council’s leisure centres, libraries and customer service points.

The PCN will be £50 or £70 depending on the seriousness of the contravention.  A discount of 50 per cent will apply if the penalty is paid within 14 days, reducing the charge to £25 or £35.

All revenue from on-street penalty charges has to be used by the council to fund enforcement and administration of the scheme and any surplus will fund local parking, highway and transport improvements.

Mywelshpool’s top tips to avoid a fine:

- Don’t park where yellow lines, waiting or loading restrictions are in force

- Always read the road signs, they tell you what restrictions apply

- Don’t park on zigzag lines

- Only park in loading bays if you are loading / unloading goods

- Only park in bays reserved for disabled badge holders if you are entitled to do so

- Make sure you have “paid and displayed” in a car park

For more information visit www.powys.gov.uk/parking


PICTURE: A member of the Civil Parking Enforcement Team with the posters that will go on display across the area

 

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