A bid to take over the policing of on-street parking in Lincolnshire has been made by the county council.
An application for powers to introduce civil parking enforcement was submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) over Easter.
If approved, the powers would mean that the county council will take over responsibility for the county's on-street parking from the police.
District councils would retain responsibility for their off-street parking. Residents’ parking schemes could be set up and administered by any district council choosing to do so, with the county council managing enforcement.
Councillor William Webb, executive member for highways and transportation, said: “Our application for powers to introduce civil parking enforcement has now been submitted.
“We have worked closely with our district council colleagues to establish a countywide parking policy as part of this process, creating a more consistent approach to help keep people on the move and make sure local businesses are supported. This gives the county council and district councils specific responsibilities for on and off-street parking.”
The DfT requires that a 12-step process must be completed before Parliament grants an authority CPE powers, something which takes a minimum of 20 weeks to complete.
Councillor Webb added: “Tenders have gone out for the enforcement contracts and ticket processing arrangements are being progressed.”
As part of the application, the county is required to have a parking policy in place, which was agreed in January.
The aims of the policy are to ensure a consistent approach to parking issues is taken countywide, to ease congestion by improving compliance with parking restrictions and to enhance and support local economies.