I and many councillors have been contacted about parking on corners and I believe it is becoming a more frequent issue around the city.
Rule 243 of the Highway Code outlines where you can and cannot stop or park
DO NOT stop or park:
- near a school entrance
- anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
- at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
- on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
- opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
- near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
- where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
- where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
- in front of an entrance to a property
- on a bend
So how to enforce the “DO NOT stop or park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space”?
I have been told by the ECC Parking team that Civil [Parking] Enforcement Officers [CEO] that they will enforce and issue Penalty Charge Notices if there are double yellow lines around the corners. I am encouraged that the some CEOs will patrol some of the locations I’ve highlighted to see what they can do about the problem.
If there are no restrictions then it’s up to the police to issue fines for obstruction.
Perhaps I might need to work with residents to lobby Devon County Council [DCC] drawn up Traffic Regulation Orders [TROs] to add the relevant restrictions to give ECC CEOs the tools to enforce?
But that’s not going to be easy, though. And certainly not speedy.
The average cost of preparing, advertising and sealing such a TRO , along with signs and lines, is £2500
At the Devon Council Council [DCC] Cabinet meeting on 14 November 2012, Cllr Brian Greenslade [LD, Barnstaple North] asked a written question:
QUESTION(S) FROM MEMBER(S) OF THE COUNCIL
14 November 2012/Minute *567
1. QUESTION FROM COUNCILLOR GREENSLADE
Re: Traffic Regulation Orders
I have been informed by Officers that no new traffic orders (TRO s) can be progressed this year because of lack of capacity. Would the Leader not agree that illustrates my previous point about local capacity within the County Council following the significant level of cuts and more to the point, what does he intend to do about it?
REPLY BY COUNCILLOR HUGHES
As part of the restructuring of Highways and Traffic Management a new central dedicated team responsible for managing the County’s Traffic Regulation Orders (known as TROs) has been established. There is reduced capacity in this group which has had to take its share of reducing staff numbers in order to make necessary savings.
However, there has always been a backlog in dealing with TROs. The new team is more structured and is focused on ranking TROs to ensure that those which are most important are dealt with first; a prioritised programme of TROs is therefore now being systematically worked through.
Where possible additional resources are commissioned to deliver externally funded work. A more business-like approach is being taken in the delivery of TROs and this is reducing the backlog.
There are issues where locally important TROs do not feature highly enough in the prioritised strategic programme to be delivered quickly. In such circumstances the team may commission consultants to deliver these locally important TROs.
So it seems the only way these parking TROs area will be introduced is where the local County Councillor has agreed to fund the costs from the locality budget.
That’s the next challenge.