What is the parking annual report for 2008/2009?
The statutory guidance issued by the Department for Transport under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 states anenforcement authority should produce an annual report detailing its enforcement activities. This is to promote openness anda better understanding of enforcement and why it is carried out.
Guildford Borough Council is the Enforcement Authority for its own off-street car parks. The Borough also acts as agent for Surrey CountyCouncil in enforcing on-street restrictions. The County Council, as Enforcement Authority for the on-street restrictions, is compiling its ownannual report.
The borough and county councils have agreed a joint parking strategy for Guildford which provides a co-ordinated policy approach across off-street car park provision, on-street restrictions and enforcement.The strategy encourages the provision of park and ride and long-stay space parking outside the centre of the town and the need for short-stayspace in the centre to support the economic viability of the town.Car parks help reduce congestion by providing a focus for motorists - they don't have to drive around looking for individual spaces. In Guildford,the council provides a wide variety of parking options for motorists.
Park and Ride sites at Artington (600) and Merrow (323) and Spectrum (during the week) and Ladymead (on Saturdays).
Three main long stay car parks outside the main shopping area, at Guildford Park (400), Farnham Road (911) and York Road (600).
The council also provides 16 dedicated contract car parks (over 400 spaces) at locations around the town.
In addition there are 18 short-stay car parks providing over 3,000 spaces.The car parks are used more than 3 million times each year during charging hours and many more times after 6pm and before 8am when theyare free (except Farnham Road Multi-Storey).Full details of the car parks can be found on our parking pages.Car parks need to be safe, clean and well maintained and be attractive to motorists. Nineteen of the council's car parks, over 95% of the publiclyavailable space, have the Park Mark Safer Parking Award. The three main Park and Ride Sites, Artington, Merrow and Spectrum also have theaward. The council's Parking Service was also awarded a Charter Mark for excellence in customer service in 2008/09.
Enforcement Authority's report
For the year 1st April 2008 to 31st March 2009, 11,975 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued for suspected contraventions of the Off Street Parking Order.At the 1st July 2009, around 72% were paid, 18% were cancelled, 5% were written off and 6% are still open. The actual figures are presentedbelow. PCNs are only written off where the owner of a vehicle can not be identified or contacted, or where a bailiff has been unable to collect theamount due.Table 1. Breakdown of activity on PCNs issued 2008/09
Off street parkingNo.% of TotalTotal Number of PCNs issued
11975100Number of higher level PCNs issued1699Number of lower level PCNs issued10276