Metropolitan Police Service involvement in parking enforcement

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2190
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In most circumstances the legal responsibility for parking enforcement falls to local authorities, however there are some situations where the police remain responsible. What guidance is issued to Metropolitan Police Service officers as to when they are required to use their powers, rather than refer the matter to local authority representatives. Also what work has been undertaken to ensure police officers know which areas of parking enforcement are their responsibility, rather than that of a local authority?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service involvement in parking enforcement

Answer for Metropolitan Police Service involvement in parking enforcement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Whilst parking enforcement remains the primary responsibility of the local authority, the option for prosecution by police for some parking offences still exists.

Officers have the discretion to deal with these matters according to the circumstances at the time and enforcement and local guidance on "area specific" problems is a matter for the local borough.

If there is a particular locality or parking enforcement issue that is of concern it should be raised in the first instance with the relevant Borough Commander.