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Parking Regimes

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what budget provision his Department has made for the (a) hardware and (b) software needs of local authorities in relation to the introduction of new parking regimes. (112726)

The Department's draft regulatory impact assessment, as amended following consultation in July this year, makes clear that there may be some up front costs for the transition from decriminalised parking enforcement to civil parking enforcement. These costs include training and IT costs. Under CPE, as with DPE, local authorities will be able to cover the costs of their enforcement activity through income from parking charges and any parking penalty charges. Any deficits in the financial year can be covered from the general fund and repaid in subsequent years.