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Parking Offences

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the likely change in the number of successful prosecutions for illegal parking as a result of the recently announced changes to enforcement practices by local authorities. (198808)

Prosecutions are carried out by the police and the new parking regulations make no changes to their activities. 230 English local authorities have taken over from the police the enforcement of parking and that number increases each year. In those areas the number of penalty charge notices served by an individual local authority, and paid by motorists, will increase or decrease primarily according to local circumstances and local parking behaviour. The new regulations are aimed at improving parking behaviour, thereby improving traffic flows in the interests of other road users.