Temporary parking enforcement relaxation - Coronavirus (27 March 2020)
Many people have raised concerns to us about parking enforcement during this difficult time, asking what can be done to support people who are identified as key workers, and those who are helping our elderly and vulnerable.
We are following the national guidance, have listened to feedback and agreed the following with immediate effect:
- On-street pay and display parking has been suspended, and there are no time limits associated with these parking bays
- In permit only areas, time restrictions have been removed for permit holders parking in time-limited parking bays. Valid permits must still be displayed
- In permit only areas, permit holders can park on single yellow lines when displaying their valid permit
- In other residential areas not covered by permit zones, parking on single yellow lines will be allowed
- People identified as Key Workers will be issued with a notice to display on their dashboard to identify their role and ensure they’re not restricted in the support duties they are providing for people
Please note that:
- In permit only areas, non-permit holders need to continue to obey time restrictions and parking on single yellow lines is not permitted. We are still processing parking permit applications during this uncertain period of time, so any residents without a permit can still apply for this
- Parking attendants are following social distancing restrictions as they carry out their work
Dangerous parking and obstructions
With more people now at home across the county, there are more vehicles parked in residential areas. This will bring its challenges with people parking dangerously, and where this is the case, parking attendants will try to locate the owner of the vehicle and request they park safely in an alternative location.
To help keep our roads safe, and to ensure the flow of traffic for all, resource to observe and control parking across the county will be focussed on town centres and permit areas to ensure vehicles aren’t causing any obstruction. This includes areas where there are loading bays, dropped kerbs, pedestrian crossings and junctions.
As with normal service, parking attendants will give advice and information to people where necessary to help them find a safe place to park, and will only be issuing a Penalty Charge Notice when it is absolutely necessary.
Who is responsible for parking enforcement?
Northamptonshire County Council is responsible for parking enforcement in the following areas:
- Northampton Borough
- Borough of Wellingborough
- South Northamptonshire
- East Northamptonshire
- Daventry District
- Kettering Borough (Effective from 31/01/2020)
The County Councils Parking Enforcement Contractor (NSL) carry out enforcement in all areas except Kettering Borough, the enforcement for the Kettering area is carried out directly by Kettering Borough Council.