Civil Parking Enforcement
Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) means that Torfaen County Borough Council will take over the majority of on-street parking enforcement from Gwent Police from 1 July 2019.
Until then, Gwent Police remain responsible for parking enforcement.
There are no changes to parking regulations as set out in the Highway Code.
If you have previously parked somewhere outside the parking regulations and continue to park there you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice as our Civil Enforcement Officers start patrolling.
Find out about parking provision in Torfaen here.
Civil Enforcement Officers
From 1 July 2019 a new team of Joint Civil Parking and Environmental Enforcement Officers employed by the council, will patrol the borough.
These officers will be able to enforce environmental offences and parking related restrictions on the public highway if a vehicle is parked unlawfully, including:
- contravening parking restrictions e.g. double or single yellow lines
- overstaying time limits on parking bays (on street and some off-street carparks)
- parking across drop kerbs
- parking more than 50cm from the edge of the kerb
Any Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued by the enforcement officers instead of the police.
Other traffic offences will continue to be enforced by Gwent Police, including moving traffic offences, dangerous and obstructive parking etc.
Torfaen County Borough Council does not intend to introduce vehicle clamping or removal at this stage.
Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s)
The fine will be either £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days, or £50 for lesser parking offences, again reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days, and a potential 50% increase if payment is not made payable within 28 days.
Legislation requires that money from Penalty Charge Notices is used to cover the cost of operating the enforcement service, with any surplus invested into highway/traffic related projects as required by the legislation.
Joint Civil Parking and Environmental Enforcement Officers will not have targets to issue a set number of PCNs.
If you wish to challenge a Penalty Charge Notice, follow the instructions on the reverse of the notice and submit a written challenge within 14 days of issue.
If your challenge is rejected, the discounted rate will be restarted for a further 14 days.
Please do not ignore a Penalty Charge Notice as the charge will increase if it is not paid or if a challenge is not made.
Any further delay may lead to action by enforcement agents (bailiffs), with their costs added to the civil debt.
Further information is available on the Civil Parking Enforcement FAQs page
Blue Badge holders
CPE does not change the rules for parking for blue badge holders.
Blue badge holders can still receive a PCN for certain parking contraventions, please refer to the guidance booklet issued with your blue badge for details.
Find out more about the Blue Badge Scheme here.
Last Modified: 12/07/2019
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