Dozens of drivers in Helensburgh have already been given warning notices for illegal parking by newly-recruited council wardens.
Argyll and Bute Council took over responsibility for parking enforcement on May 12, after deciding to decriminalise it because police were no longer employing traffic wardens,, as revealed here and here.
This week the council announced that its ‘light touch’ approach, where first time offenders are issued with warning notices rather than fines, would be extended another week, until Monday June 16.
From May 12 to June 2 a total of 69 warning notices were issued in Helensburgh – more than three per day.
Ellen Morton, the council’s policy lead for road and amenity services, said the authority wanted to give people ore time to find out about the changes.
‘’It’s really important that people know about it and that they know where they can and cannot park,” she said.
‘’The new amenity wardens will be out on the streets issuing warning notices and speaking to people and advising them on what the changes to parking enforcement actually mean.
‘’Council staff have produced a leaflet which has some really useful information about the changes to parking enforcement. Once the leaflet has been printed the wardens will be distributing it around local shops and council buildings.’’
If vehicles park illegally following a warning notice, they are likely to receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).
From Monday June 16 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.