The City Council became responsible for the implementation of both on and off-streetparking enforcement in January 2000. In addition to its own (previous) responsibilities for off-street parking, an agreement with KCC was entered into enabling on-street functions to beundertaken on behalf of the County Council. These functions were carried out under theprovisions of the Road Traffic Act 1991 and were known as Decriminalised ParkingEnforcement (DPE). On 31 March this year, Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) replaced DPEfunctions under provisions contained in Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.These matters are dealt with in more detail in this report.This report provides details of the Council’s parking enforcement arrangements for the year 2007/08.
1. Purpose of the Annual Report
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), formerly the National Parking Adjudication Service(NPAS), is an independent tribunal that oversees the operation of DPE/CPE across thecountry and ensures that fairness and propriety are maintained. To this end the TPT hasmeetings and seminars and publishes bulletins and reports, it provides guidance on bestpractice in the enforcement realm, setting standards and seeking improvements in servicedelivery.The Head of the TPT, Chief Adjudicator for England and Wales, Caroline Sheppard, hasstrongly encouraged local authorities to openly report upon their management of DPE. TheTMA goes further, making the publication of annual reports mandatory.This annual report is intended to explain to the public and stakeholders how the service ismanaged in the Canterbury district and to provide information regarding its performance.
2. Aims and objectives of the Service
The current Parking Service was established in 1999, under statutory decriminalisedarrangements with Kent County Council, as Highway Authority, to ensure effective, efficientand economic enforcement of parking regulations throughout the district in accordance withthe appropriate legislation and government guidance.There is a clear requirement for both on and off-street functions to be separatelyaccountable and careful planning and management are essential to achieve this.The
to help deliver the Council’s objectives as set out in its approvedcorporate, parking and transport strategies: specifically:
The Corporate Plan,
The Canterbury Parking Strategy,
The Herne Bay Parking Strategy,
The Whitstable Parking Strategy,
The Canterbury District Transport Action Plan.The
of the service are:
To maintain public safety
To assist the free movement of traffic
To ensure compliance with parking regulations