Parking is now a civil matter -or will be for Wakefield Council

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Wakefield Council is set to get new powers to tackle illegal parkers.

Plans for the council to take over responsibility for parking enforcement in the district from the police, were approved by its cabinet committee in April 2012.

The £621,000 Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) regime will be discussed by members of the regeneration and economic growth overview and scrutiny committee on Monday.

A report prepared for the meeting said the council’s responsibilities will include parking on yellow lines, parking in areas where loading restrictions are in place, parking on cycle tracks, footways or verges and parking in disabled bays without displaying a valid blue badge.

And these will now all be dealt with as civil, rather than criminal offences .

Dangerous parking, obstruction offences, failure to comply with police ‘no parking’ signs and offences including driving in pedestrianised zones, will remain police matters.

The report said the police only have four traffic wardens to cover the district, whereas the council has 16.5 patrollers.

Plans for the CPE had been put on hold because of the costs involved, but the report said it can now be implemented within budget and should eventually bring an extra in £72,000 per year.