The Government intends to implement the Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) as from 31st March 2008.
Under the TMA, Decriminalised Parking Enforcement will become known as "Civil Parking Enforcement" (CPE). In Recognition of their wider remit Parking Attendants will become known as Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs).
Local Councils have long been responsible for managing, directly or indirectly, all on-street and some off-street parking and the Road Traffic Act 1991 (RTA) enabled local authorities to enforce that Management. As the number of vehicles on the road has increased it has become increasingly important that they do this openly, fairly and effectively. Pressure on kerb space is much more intense in some areas than in others and policies, local Regulations and their enforcement have to be tailored to deal with those pressures. This can mean that there are differences between areas and in principle there is nothing wrong with this as long as policies and local regulations have received proper consultation and local restrictions are lawful and clearly signed and fairly enforced.
Parking is very much a local issue. Central goverment sets the framework but local Councils draw up policies and local regulations for their implementation and, if they have the relevant power, enforce them. All local Councils outside London that operate Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) are enforced by Parking Attendants employed by local authorites, rather than the police service. The Traffic Management Act 2004 (TMA) provides a single framework for the civil enforcement of parking, bus lanes and some moving traffic offences. This is applicable only to on-street parking and car parks owned by local Councils. It does not apply to car parks owned by the private sector unless they are regulated by an order made under S35 of the Road Traffic Act Regulation Act 1984.
For more information please visit our Civil Parking Enforcement - FAQ's page.