We must all take care when we park. Restrictions are in place for a reason, often to protect people or to help easy congestion. The reasons are not always obvious. West Suffolk Council enforce the rules they don’t set them.
In managing the expectations of residents, everyone is reminded that:-
1. CPE powers are enshrined in law (Highways Act 1980, Traffic Management Act 2004 and Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984)
2. In its capacity as the Highway Authority, Suffolk County Council delegates CPE enforcement functions to us in West Suffolk and parts of Babergh and Mid Suffolk through an Agency Agreement.
3. The Agency Agreement clearly sets out the functions and service levels we have to comply with and provide.
4. We enforce the lines and signs that are on the street. Any discretion in doing so is severely limited – a vehicle is either parked on the street legally or it is parked illegally and subject to a penalty charge notice if caught.
5. Changes to the lines and signs are the responsibility of the Highway Authority through a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) procedure defined in the legislation which is a relatively lengthy and expensive process.
See below for the number of visits and tickets issued last month.
Visits 1266 Tickets 304
Visits 121 Tickets 9
Visits 14 Tickets issued 0
Clare Country Park
Visits 16 Tickets issued 14
PCNs issued at £70* rate:
Total number of PCNs issued this month: 2770
PCNs issued at £50* rate:
PCNs issued on-street
PCNs issued off-street (car parks)
PCNs paid at discount
*there are two different fine rates depending on the seriousness of contravention