Knowsley Council Getting Tough on Parking Violations

By on Friday, May 29, 2015

linesKnowsley Council have taken over parking enforcement in the borough.

Where Merseyside Police were once responsible for enforcing the rules, now the council’s own Civil Enforcement Officers will patrol the streets and issue Penalty Charge Notices to vehicles parked in violation of the rules.

The existing regulations have not been changed.

Prescot Online readers have been reporting since mid-May that traffic warden activity and issuing of parking tickets have been increasingly visible in and around Prescot town centre.

Lisa Harris, Knowsley’s Assistant Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing, said that the changes would “help to improve safety for pedestrians and drivers by preventing inconsiderate and dangerous parking,” as well as “improve traffic flow and road safety and improve access to amenities and public transport.”

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, local councils can choose to take over parking enforcement from police. The practice has proved controversial, with allegations that some councils have illegally exploited penalty payments as a way to raise revenue.

Prescot Online has asked KMBC whether parking fines might now be seen as part of an attempt to boost income for the council, under severe strain from government budget cuts, but has yet to receive a response.

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4 Comments

  1. mr t gilmartin

    Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I live in Victoria road huyton were parking is not allowed it is a permit parking area only. and once again people are parking in the permit holders area with no permit. leaving me a permit holder no room to park my van. there are cars here a lot of the time and leaving there cars and going to work in Liverpool city centre. or huyton village work place we need a patrol warden here every morning to control the situation. not just turning up every two weeks or put a sign in at the end of the street saying no parking at any time. thank you for taking the time to read this email

    regards

    tom gilmartin a residence assosiation

    your tom gilmartin

  2. Mr Adlam

    Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I live on Honeybourne Drive Prescot, Residents think it is their god given right not to just park their cars and vans with two wheels on the pavements but all four wheels on the pavement making it impossible to walk on the pavement. Surly this can’t be right, these inconsiderate people are putting people and young childrens lives at risk by forcing them to walk in the road. also wheel chair users have no chance of passing these vehicles without coming off the pavement and again forcing them to use the road where there is moving traffic, clearly a road safety problem caused by inconsiderate residents/motorists They are causing an obstruction and should be informed if they continue to use the pavement for parking their vehicles they will be fined. Please enforce it now.

  3. Fred ascott

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    The top end of “The Rooley” also gets congested making it dangerous turning from Blacklow Brow into the Rooley. Where are these so called wardens as no one seems to receive a ticket !!!!

  4. JOHN SMITH

    Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 6:32 am

    WHERE I LIVE THERE IS A 20 MIN ZONE IN PRESCOT THE WARDENS NEVER CHECK SO ITS BEING USED AS A PARKING BAY SO PEOPLE PARK IN THE PERMIT ZONE AND RISK GETTING FINED THESE WARDENS NO ABOUT IT IF THEY STOPPED IT LESS PEOPLE WILL NOT BE FINED ALLSO THEY SHOUD WORK NIGHTS THERE PRESENCE MAY ALLSO KEEP CRIME AWAY

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