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Parking enforcement returning to normal

14 May 2020

Motorists are advised that parking enforcement will be returning to normal levels in Brent, as all London Councils have seen greater movement of cars following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “Since the start of this pandemic, we have taken a common-sense approach to parking enforcement. Thanks to residents parking considerately, many of our civil enforcement officers have been freed up to help with relief efforts, delivering food to those who need it most. We’ve also been supporting our brilliant NHS staff and other key workers with free parking, which will continue for as long as necessary.

Serco civil enforcement officer delivering a box of food

“However, as we see more traffic return to our streets, we need to keep roads moving smoothly and safely and ensure residents are able to park near to home when returning from work. Not only do we need to make sure vehicles, including emergency services, can get through, but we also need to support pedestrians to keep social distancing.”

Beginning in March, the council has been focusing enforcement on the most serious contraventions which endanger road safety or block traffic. A carefully phased return to full enforcement is now necessary to help manage a safe and controlled recovery.

Anyone living in a Controlled Parking Zone is reminded to ensure that their permit is up to date, and that all car-users should pay for their parking when they arrive at their destination if using a car park or pay & display bay.

The council has helped thousands of key workers, from hardworking nurses and doctors to post office workers and pharmacists, to park for free throughout this period. This will continue for as long as necessary to support our essential workers.

Civil Enforcement Officers from Serco have also been pitching in with other areas of the council’s response to COVID-19. Over the past two months, they have been helping deliver food and supplies from Bridge Park to the most vulnerable, as well as supporting enforcement teams to tackle those who have been ignoring social distancing rules on Brent’s high streets and in the borough’s parks.

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