New wardens are to be hired, as council staff take on responsibility for parking enforcement in Argyll and Bute next month.
As revealed here, parking in the area has been decriminalised because Police Scotland no longer employ traffic wardens.
A council statement this week said the six new staff would ‘patrol all areas where parking restrictions are in place’ – meaning villages and rural areas could be targeted, as well as town centres.
Ss well as checking yellow lines, pay and display bays, disabled areas and off-street parking, the amenity wardens will also keep an eye on dog fouling and litter.
“Parking is a big issue in our towns – it is maddening to see the same cars parked on the street for hours on end denying easy access for customers to local businesses,” said policy lead for roads and amenity services Ellen Morton.
‘’With these new powers we will be able to keep Argyll and Bute moving.
‘’We hope people will work with us to keep our town centres busy and presentable – if you park legally you won’t be fined.
“If you clear up after you dog, you won’t be fined. If you bin your litter, you won’t be fined.’’
From Monday May 12 first-time offenders will be given a warning notice rather than a penalty charge notice (PCN).
If vehicles park illegally following one of these warning notices, they are likely to receive a penalty charge notice.
Following this two week period (from May 26), all vehicles caught parking illegally will be issued with a PCN.
In line with national guidelines, the PCN is set at £60, to be paid within 28 days. If paid within 14 days, the charge is reduced to £30.
If unpaid, the charge increases to £90. Unpaid PCNs could result in the council instructing sheriff officers to pursue recovery of the debt, which may incur additional costs.
Penalty charges can be paid through the ‘pay it’ function on the council website, over the phone to our customer service centre, in person at any of our customer service points or via paypoint at a local shop.
For further information go to the council website.