Knowsley Council Getting Tough on Parking Violations
Knowsley 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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