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New parking wardens for West Oxfordshire

On 25th January 2010 West Oxfordshire District Council takes over the management of on-street parking from the Police.

A new team of civil enforcement officers, called Community Wardens, will control parking both on the street and in council-managed car parks across the district. Wearing distinctive green uniforms and high-visibility jackets, the new Community Wardens will carry out regular patrols on foot throughout the District.

They will:
. help improve parking problems caused by illegal and inconsiderate parking, which will help keep roads safe and traffic moving freely
. provide advice to motorists and residents, linking the public with council services
. penalise those that flout the law by issuing Penalty Charge Notices.

All car parks in West Oxfordshire will remain free and there are currently no plans to introduce any on-street pay and display or residents parking areas (Controlled Parking Zones). In addition to managing parking the new community wardens will act as the 'eyes and ears' of the Council, reporting environmental issues such as littering, dog-fouling and graffiti. They will also work closely with neighbourhood Police teams.

. The majority of parking offences, including parking on yellow lines and in parking bays, are no longer criminal and will now be classed as civil contraventions.
. Offences that attract endorsements on your driving licence such as parking on zig-zags of pedestrian crossings will remain criminal and will be enforced by the Police and the Council.
. Income from penalty charge notices will be used to improve local transport and parking services In West Oxfordshire the service will be provided by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) who will be acting as agents of the Highway Authority, Oxfordshire County Council.

Wed 20 Jan 2010, 09:41 · Link

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