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Lincolnshire County Council starts parking enforcement today

By LincsCC  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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Parking Enforcement Officers

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After a two week period of grace, when motorists were issued with 'warning notices', the county council starts parking enforcement today (3 Dec 2012).

A team of 20 enforcement officers will work across the county. This is similar to the number of traffic wardens the police employed when the restrictions were enforced more regularly several years ago.

The team will take a sensible approach to enforce parking and waiting restrictions. They will not have targets to meet for issuing tickets (penalty charge notices).

Having an appropriate level of enforcement in place for the county will help keep motorists moving, reduce congestion caused by inconsiderate parking and support local shops with parking bays nearby.

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Motorists need to make sure they know what all the road 'signs and lines' mean to avoid being fined £70 or £50, and should always park considerately, without causing an obstruction to other people.

The new powers introduce two new restrictions that will be enforced for the first time:

  • Dropped kerbs – to allow those with wheelchairs or pushchairs to cross more easily
  • Double parking – so that people don't cause an obstruction by parking too far from the kerb

Follow this link for more details about these, plus all the main parking restrictions and fines.

If you have any queries, please get in touch by email parkingservices@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

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  • hurculese  |  December 04 2012, 7:59PM

    GNOME -CHOMSKY you said where did i get the £35 from a parking ticket in town and i have ticket to prove it if TICKET IS NOT PAID WITHIN 28 DAYS THEY CHARGE YOU £70 AND YOU CAN.T PAY IT ON THE DAY YOU GET IT YOU HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 1PM NEXT DAY TO PAY IT AS ITS A AUTOMATED SERVICE 08454706040 TRY RINGING IT YOU GET NO ONE ON THE OTHER END

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  • camelherder  |  December 04 2012, 6:58PM

    Yes there is a sign on Waterside South but taking the sign to the letter of the law means that Wilko's, Boots, Central Market, The fruit and veg market and some shops on Sincil Street would never get deliveries so a bit of common sense has to apply.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 04 2012, 6:26PM

    If your able to WALK around the city centre why woulld you need to park in disabled bays or double yellow lines close to St Mary Street crossings ? Genuine disabled exept from my question.

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  • Roadscource  |  December 04 2012, 5:19PM

    "and I'm sure we won't see any decline in the numbers of blue badge holders parking on the double yellow lines in St Mary's Street, which they are entitled to do." Yes but why are they? If it was OK to park there then the double yellows wouldnt be there.

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  • nolies  |  December 04 2012, 10:38AM

    I suggest they hang around the st mary street junction and ticket every twit parking on the double yellows and causing a problem for other motorists at what is a very busy area.

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  • VictorToo  |  December 04 2012, 10:25AM

    Hercules the signs on Waterside South are quite clear. There is a huge 'No Entry' sign at the entrance to Waterside South, along with a sign saying 'Pedestrian precinct, no vehicles at any time'. There are also no parking signs on all the lamposts leading down to the square where the ice rink is being set up. If people can't read or ignore the signs, then it's their problem when they get a ticket. As to disabled people being forced out of town, they have their own designated bays all over the place, and I'm sure we won't see any decline in the numbers of blue badge holders parking on the double yellow lines in St Mary's Street, which they are entitled to do.

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  • LincsCC  |  December 04 2012, 9:50AM

    Thank you for your comments. The government is encouraging all local authorities to take on parking enforcement. It's something the police haven't enforced regularly for some years. The new enforcement officers will patrol all streets where parking restrictions exist, but will spend more time in the main urban areas because that is where most of the parking issues are. The restrictions help keep people moving, reduce dangerous and inconsiderate parking, and mean people can use parking bays near their local shop without having to pay for parking. This isn't about making money - the cost of the scheme is expected to be more than the income. The officers are NOT set quotas to meet and the fine levels are set in line with government guidance. As long as motorists stick to the 'signs and lines' they will have nothing to worry about.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 03 2012, 9:32PM

    Any chance of some insightful journalism, Echo? There will be 20 wardens, "similar to the number of traffic wardens" the police used. What is similar to 20? 200? 21? 19? 2? What does 'similar' mean in this context? "...when the restrictions were enforced more regularly several years ago" - Either they rules will be upheld daily, or they will not. What does 'more regularly' men in this context? I'm no expert, but doesn't a second person reading what you write and asking simple questions help ensure clarity? My current employer includes a Freepost address on all correspondence to return any letters that are not clear in their meaning. Individual workers can then be taken to task for failing their public duty. I appreciate the Echo is a private sector company, but surely it depends on its role of providing news to the public for its survival. hurculese - Not sure here you got the £35 figure from. I can't find it mentioned in the article, but then you also assert that people will walk into the market. Is there another way in?

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  • Trigger77  |  December 03 2012, 9:18PM

    The death of Lincoln high street and city centre for shopping is now only going to come quicker! How realistic is it that I am going to pay £1.50 to park in one of the car parks if I need to just nip into town for ten minutes to buy one or two items am just going to get it from the internet with free delivery.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  December 03 2012, 4:09PM

    "A buch of idiots" says the man who can't find his Caps Lock key. How ironic.

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