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North Hertfordshire Civil Parking Enforcement Annual Report 2008-09

North Hertfordshire Civil Parking Enforcement Annual Report 2008-09

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North Hertfordshire District Council Parking Services Report on Parking Enforcement 2008/09

Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. The Purpose of Civil Parking Enforcement 4. Policy and Priorities 5. Civil Parking Enforcement in North Herts 6. Enforcement Activity – On-street and Car Parks 7. Enforcement Activity – Representations, Appeals and Beyond 8. Financial Aspects of Civil Parking Enforcement 9. Future Plans

10. Appendices 11. Glossary of Terms

1. Introduction Local author
North Hertfordshire District Council Parking Services Report on Parking Enforcement 2008/09

Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Background 3. The Purpose of Civil Parking Enforcement 4. Policy and Priorities 5. Civil Parking Enforcement in North Herts 6. Enforcement Activity – On-street and Car Parks 7. Enforcement Activity – Representations, Appeals and Beyond 8. Financial Aspects of Civil Parking Enforcement 9. Future Plans

10. Appendices 11. Glossary of Terms

1. Introduction Local author

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North Hertfordshire DistrictCouncilParking ServicesReport on ParkingEnforcement2008/09
Table of Contents1. Introduction2. Background3. The Purpose of Civil Parking Enforcement4. Policy and Priorities5. Civil Parking Enforcement in North Herts6. Enforcement Activity – On-street and Car Parks7. Enforcement Activity – Representations, Appeals and Beyond8. Financial Aspects of Civil Parking Enforcement9. Future Plans
 
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10. Appendices11. Glossary of Terms1. Introduction
Local authorities engaged in parking enforcement under the TrafficManagement Act 2004 are required to produce an annual report on theirenforcement activities annually. They are also required to make a statisticalreturn to the Department for Transport (DfT), again on an annual basis.The first DfT return will require local authorities to report on their enforcementactivities in both 2007/08 and 2008/09. The DfT has specified that the returnmust only report on activity in respect of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)issued during the stated year, although for obvious reasons a PCN issued inone year may only be resolved in the next. This Report on ParkingEnforcement for 2008/09 takes a similar approach except where comparisonswith other local authorities are made.The use of benchmarking in this first annual report is necessarily limited. Untilnow, local authorities have interpreted and recorded their enforcementactivities in different ways. The DfT’s recent clarification of the precise termson which they require their annual returns to be submitted should help ensurethat ‘like is compared with like’ in future when local authorities engage inbenchmarking activity.The Secretary of State for Transport’s
‘Statutory Guidance to Local Authorities on the Civil Enforcement of Parking Regulations’ 
suggests what local
 
3authorities’ annual reports might contain. This report includes such items butgoes further in terms of explaining the statistics in the context of North HertsCouncil’s overall policy objectives. Where possible and appropriate, theCouncil’s performance is benchmarked against previous years’ figures, anational standard or local performance indicator.
2. Background
North Herts Council adopted Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE)powers in January 2005. In respect of on-street parking enforcement, NorthHerts Council acts on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council (the highwayauthority) under the terms of an agency agreement between the twoauthorities. As the parking authority North Herts Council is responsible for themanagement and enforcement of its own off-street car parks.
3. The Purpose of Civil Parking Enforcement
Local authorities have had powers to manage and enforce their own off-street car parks for many years; however until recently most on-street parkingenforcement was undertaken by police officers or police-employed trafficwardens.In the mid-1990s central government gave local authorities the right to applyfor powers to enforce on-street parking restrictions. The adoption of what wasthen called Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) but is now termedCivil Parking Enforcement, or CPE, has spread rapidly across the UnitedKingdom in the following fifteen years. The Secretary of State for Transporthas taken reserve powers within the Traffic Management Act 2004 to compelany remaining local authorities to adopt CPE once a critical mass of councilshas adopted these powers.There were three main drivers for the so-called “decriminalisation” of parkingoffences:
Police forces had signalled to central government that they could nolonger regard parking enforcement as a priority function given themyriad of other demands upon their limited resources. In many areastraffic wardens had effectively been withdrawn, causing growingparking anarchy on our streets.
It was considered that many parking “offences” would be better dealtwith under civil law procedures, which are typically more cost effectiveand less formal to operate, rather than allow them to clog up thecriminal courts.
Local authorities themselves argued that as representatives of theircommunity they were best placed to design and run an enforcementregime that met the priorities of that community.The primary purpose of CPE, as identified in statutory guidance, is to supportlocal authorities in their delivery of their overall transport objectives in areassuch as those detailed below.

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