As of today, Fife Council will be responsible for enforcing on-street and off-street parking regulations, with the recruitment of additional parking attendants, who will have the authority to issue Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), of up to £60 for each parking offence.
A member of public recently raised a concern at the Lochgelly Community Council meeting, that Community Wardens are having their roles expanded to deal with traffic offences, but it was confirmed by local councillor Linda Erskine, that this is not the case, and that separate enforcement agents are currently being employed and trained by Fife Council, and the Community Warden roles are unchanged.
Parking attendants will be patrolling the streets of Fife, looking for parking offenders to issue the PCNs. As part of their duties, the parking attendants will be capturing photographic evidence of any offence which will be provided as evidence to anyone that is disputing the PCNs.
Charges for parking offences will be up to the value of £60, but if these are paid within 14 days of the penalty notice, Fife Council will provide a 50% discount, and only charge £30, which is in line with the current level of fine.
Any fines issued can now be paid online at: www.fifedirect.org.uk/parkingfines
Cllr Pat Callaghan, Executive Spokesperson for Transportation & Environment, said: “It’s only right that the council is in charge of parking enforcement within its towns and villages. The change will help to improve safety and access for all road users, and encourage more people to live, shop and work here. There’s no need to be concerned about the change, if you stick to the parking regulations you won’t notice any difference. ”
Fife Council have made the change to create a more co-ordinated approach to traffic management and road safety, which will allow the police to focus on more serious crime.
The changes bring Fife Council in line with other councils in Scotland that currently enforce their own parking regulations, which include; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth & Kinross.
For further information about the changes, contact:
Tony McRae, Lead Professional Parking & Public Transport Infrastructure Management
Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 44 26
Fax: 01592 583231
John Mitchell, Lead Professional, Decriminalised Parking/Transportation and Environmental Strategy
Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 44 04
Fax: 01592 583231