We mentioned in Newsletter 46 that some local authorities have, with Government approval, started schemes whereby civilian staff rather than police or traffic wardens enforce parking restrictions, and that this is being considered for Cambridge.
A few months ago, Cambridgeshire County Council issued, on behalf of the Environment & Transport Area Joint Committee, a consultation on Local Authority Parking Enforcement. This has subsequently led to the approval by the council’s Cabinet of a formal application to the Department for Transport in December 2003. The County Council has the support of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
The County’s proposals can be viewed on their website at www.cambridge-lape.co.uk .
We wrote to the County Council to put on record our support for the proposals, as we believe it will lead to an increased level of enforcement of cycle lanes and parking restrictions.
If this is so, it will be helpful in reducing some of the problems which many cyclists currently face, such as illegally parked vehicles and blocked cycle or bus lanes, as well as assisting the wider objectives of the County’s transport strategies.
Martin Lucas-Smith, Co-ordinator