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We know that people parking poorly is one of your biggest concerns - whether it's someone who is blocking your driveway with an inconsiderately parked car or a vehicle causing traffic disruption when illegally left on double yellow lines.

These issues and more are very often raised as PACT priorities, and that's why we work closely with our partners to resolve them. Our aim is to show inconsiderate motorists that their behaviour will not be tolerated.

Some parking myths:

  • It's ok to park on double yellow lines if it's only for a few minutes

Not true. Unless you have a disabled parking permit you are not permitted to park on double yellow lines at any time and the restrictions apply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are a very few exceptions to this and there will be signs to indicate times/dates where it may be permitted. You could face a fine of £30 if you park illegally or you could even have your car towed away.

  • I've only parked on the pavement to leave more room on the road

Parking a vehicle on the pavement could lead to an offence of obstruction being committed. This could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to offending vehicles. It can also cause danger/nuisance for pedestrians and wheelchairs users.

  • I'm parked on a grass verge, so I should be ok

Again, this is not always true. Vehicles cannot park, either fully or partly, on council-owned grass verges. Often there are local by-laws in place to prevent this, due to the damage vehicles can cause to grass or the need to keep access to properties clear. If the land is privately owned and the landowner gives permission, then you may be able to park on a grass verge lawfully.

  • I'm dropping off my kids to school, so it's ok to park on the zig-zig lines outside.

Please park considerately when dropping off children at schools. If you park on zig-zag lines, you could be committing an offence of obstruction, be liable for a £30 parking fine and even have your vehicle impounded, which will then cost a further £150 to release.

What are the police doing?

Local policing teams across West Mercia are busy helping communities where illegal and inconsiderate parking is a problem. While some enforcement activity is carried out jointly with partners (in many areas local authorities employ parking enforcement officers rather than the police), often problems can be alleviated through awareness and education, or other practical measures.

We have been:

  • Talking to motorists and advising them of the law
  • Liaising with council parking enforcement officers over local concerns
  • Issuing Penalty Charge Notices (parking fines) to persistent offenders
  • Working with partners to find alternative off-road parking opportunities, particularly near to schools

Got an issue in your neighbourhood?

If you have a problem with illegal and inconsiderate parking in your community you can raise your concerns with your local policing team. Please type your postcode into the below search field which will take you to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) page where you will find details of neighbourhood policing meetings and contact details for your local officers.

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