On street parking enforcement will restart on 1 June 2020 while car parks remain free to park
Last Updated: 29 May 2020 1:13pm
Dartford Borough Council officers are to recommence enforcement of on-street parking regulations as a gradual return-to-work sees commuter parking rise in some residential neighbourhoods. Enforcement of yellow lines, loading restrictions, yellow and white
zig-zag markings, identified loading/waiting/disabled bays and all resident parking schemes will restart from June 1st.
Parking enforcement has been relaxed since 23 March when Government restrictions were put in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus. In order to phase this in, a period of warning notices given to offenders will ensue up until 14 June and from 15 June Penalty Charge Notices will commence for ALL on street contraventions.
Leader of the Council, Jeremy Kite said, “We’ve noticed that the common-sense decisions we took to relax parking restrictions to help residents working from home are now attracting more and more commuters as they return-to-work. It’s good to see the economy start to recover but we do need to protect the interests of local families living in residential streets, particularly if they are part of a resident parking scheme.”
Jeremy confirms that council owned car parks will continue to be free for a while longer despite some other councils reinstating charges.
“I’m quite relaxed that Dartford might be the last to re-impose car park charges because we’re trying to look at this in terms of managing demand rather than just revenue. It’s unlikely that our shopper car parks will be full again until traders open later in June and if the free spaces are useful to commuters in the meantime that’s fine. Everyone’s had a hard time and we want to help. We will probably have to look at bringing charges back when commuter or long-stay parking means shoppers can’t find spaces. “