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Parking - getting tough on inconsiderate motorists

The county council will start using new parking enforcement powers in Boston from Monday, December 3 - reducing congestion and inconsiderate parking, as well as supporting local businesses with adjacent parking facilities.

The Department for Transport is expected to hand over civil parking enforcement powers to the county council on November 30. Lincolnshire is one of the last places in the country to apply for the powers, something the Government is encouraging all local authorities to do.

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor William Webb, said: "Taking on these new parking enforcement powers means we can do more to keep people moving safely on the roads, reducing congestion from inconsiderate parking, and supporting businesses with parking bays outside.

 "We are delighted at the encouraging comments people have been making and hope this move will make a real difference to their journeys and mean they can visit local shops with ease."

The parking enforcement contract was awarded in June to APCOA Parking (UK) Limited, a company with extensive private and public sector experience, following a tendering process. The Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be processed by Nottinghamshire County Council to help reduce the costs involved. 

 Councillor Webb added: "Each day we are moving one step closer and we've been raising awareness for some time, so that people know to take more care when looking for somewhere to park. If they check for 'signs and lines', they will have nothing to worry about.

 "One week before the powers start being used, motorists who are breaching the restrictions will receive a warning notice as a reminder. These parking restrictions will be enforced more regularly and we're doing all we can to help people get used to this change and avoid getting penalised.