Westminster outlines parking vision at select committee – fewer tickets, less CCTV, further innovation


Westminster City Council has praised drivers in the city after 40,000 fewer tickets were given out by civil enforcement officers in the last financial year (which ended on Monday April 1, 2013).

The latest figures build on the fact that 50% fewer tickets were given to motorists last year than in 2003.

The council hopes the that the trend will continue a result of clearer road markings, an advice-led approach from new traffic marshals and Parking Bay Sensor technology used for the first time in the UK – but more importantly because of greater responsibility taken by road users.

Westminster also announced today that it is removing over 50 CCTV traffic enforcement cameras in a bid to bring a more common sense approach to parking in the city.

After appearing at the transport select committee into local government parking enforcement on Monday (July 8), Cllr Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business, said: “Just like encouraging people to recycle in the right bins, we want road users to follow suit and take responsibility for parking in the right places.

“Our goal is to get people to park legally and ensure clearer, less congested roads. We have already been told by big businesses in the West End that congestion is the biggest threat to the city’s economic future.

“These figures are encouraging but we want to increase the level of people following the rules, so we do not have resort to giving out tickets. We will play our part by expanding our innovative parking bay sensors and traffic marshals pilots which are already making a positive difference. And we will continue trying to improve the simple things like making signs and road markings clearer.”

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