'Park properly to avoid penalties'

Published Monday, 22 October 2012
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Motorists are being advised to park their vehicles properly to avoid getting tickets in a new campaign launched by Roads Minister Danny Kennedy.

'Park properly to avoid penalties'
The new campaign aims to increase awareness of the role of parking enforcement. (© Pacemaker)

Mr Kennedy said parking enforcement is vital to managing traffic in city centres as it reduces congestion, improves accessibility and increases road safety.

"It also improves availability of short-term parking spaces for shoppers and visitors and it helps to keep bus lanes, cycle lanes and urban clearways free for those who are entitled to use them. Our aim is to reduce the number of illegally parked vehicles, not to issue tickets," he said.

"As our streets get busier it is imperative that motorists endeavour to park their vehicles properly."

No one likes to get a parking ticket and our campaign will advise motorists on steps they can take to avoid them

Danny Kennedy

Information leaflets are to be distributed to drivers to explain the role of parking enforcement and also inform them of how they can challenge a ticket if they feel it has been unfairly issued. The leaflet will also give some key tips on how to park properly and avoid getting a ticket.

The Minister said that any drivers looking for help or advice in relation to parking can also approach a traffic attendant for assistance.

Mr Kennedy said NSL Ltd, who won the parking enforcement contract, does not have ticket targets.

"There is no incentive for NSL, or for traffic attendants, to issue more tickets. However, where vehicles are found to be parked in contravention, traffic attendants will take appropriate action," he said.

"My Department has also published a Parking Enforcement Protocol. This details the procedures in place to deal with enforcement, including the process for issuing parking tickets.

"The vast majority of road users are familiar with and comply with parking restrictions. I ask all drivers to park legally, to be considerate to others and to observe parking restrictions."

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Robert in belfast wrote (733 days ago):
Will this involve all motorists that park on footpaths, or is this all about keeping to roads clear and to hell with pedestrians?
Long suffering commuter in South Belfast wrote (733 days ago):
I am glad they are finally taking further action on parking. The Traffic Wardens are much maligned wrongfully. I have worked in Belfast for almost 30 years and many drivers will not walk the length of themselves. I hear the old moan, "I was only there for a minute". Not caring that that minute caused many commuters anxiety and anger as they negotiate a needless obstacle. And what about 4X4 drivers? Is it part of their warranty agreement that they have to park over two spaces? Also Keep the Clearways clear of thoughtless parkers and our traffic will move much more freely. Now I can get of my hobby horse. :-)
Paula in Belfast wrote (733 days ago):
I'm glad to see these changes being made. I also think that the minister needs to look at issuing penalties for drivers illegally parking in cycle lanes. As a driver and a cyclist I can see the argument from both sides, however, I do think that a lot of motorists are selfish and just park wherever they want. I often find motorists getting really annoyed at me when I'm on the bike when I have to indicate to come out of the cycle lane due to illegally parked cars. I think people need to realise that everyone has a right to use the roads and these lanes are specifically marked off to make cycling safer for cyclists and drivers. Issuing penalties for motorists inappropriately will hopefully get the message across that there are consequences for parking illegally and that it may lead to motorists thinking twice about where they are going to park rather than just abandon their cars.
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