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This briefing paper summarises parking policy in England: civil parking enforcement on
public highways; parking on private land; and parking on private roads.
Since 1995 local authorities in England have had the ability to assume control for parking
enforcement in their areas from the police. Almost all local authorities have now assumed
these powers. This means that parking offences on the public highway are not dealt with
by the police and the courts but by the civil authorities – the local authority and an
independent traffic tribunal which hears appeals. The law on civil parking enforcement
was revised and consolidated in 2004, and the current arrangements came into force in

. The police have failed to
enforce parking regulations in Britain properly for decades as
other policing priorities have taken precedence. The result is that
illegal parking is widespread.
It is fifteen years since local authorities were given the power to
take over control of parking enforcement from the police.
Transferring responsibility for parking enforcement to local
government has succeeded in raising the levels of enforcement
and compliance.


From Merseyside Police

Illegal parking

If the vehicle is parked:

over a dropped kerb,
on a pedestrian crossing (including the area marked by the zig-zag lines),
in spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders, residents or motorbikes (unless entitled to do so),
in marked taxi bays, cycle lanes or red lines,
near a school entrance, bus or tram stop,
anywhere that would prevent access for Emergency Services,

Please report it to your local council.

Replied: 15th Oct 2021 at 21:31

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