6th July 2020

On-street parking patrols to restart in Somerset

On-street parking patrols are due to restart in Somerset on Monday (1 June) following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

With more pupils returning to schools and some businesses starting to reopen, Somerset County Council’s civil enforcement officers will return to help keep roads clear and traffic moving.

At first, they will serve penalty notices on vehicles parked on double yellow lines, in places with loading restrictions, bus stops and dropped kerbs in public areas – all locations where no vehicles should be parked.

For the first seven days, penalties will not be served where parking is permitted, such as resident bays, pay and display locations, limited waiting bays and single yellow lines (at times).

The vehicle may have been left correctly and the driver may have, for example, self-isolated.

A warning letter will be left on these vehicles asking that it is immediately removed to avoid receiving penalties in future.

Councillor John Woodman, cabinet member for highways and transport at Somerset County Council, said:

“During the lockdown, most parking enforcement officers have been redeployed to other roles supporting the community, such as delivering PPE or managing queuing traffic at the reopened household waste recycling centres or testing centres.

Their efforts are greatly appreciated, and I would like to thank them as they begin to resume their normal duties.”

Requests for residents’ paper permits have been on hold since the start of the UK lockdown but preparations are now being made to issue them.

The expiry date will be extended to make sure people receive a full 12-month period.

All annual virtual resident permits are being extended for two months to cover the period of suspension and ensure everyone receives a full 12 months’ value.