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Hi-tech traffic wardens give out fewer parking tickets

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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PARKING bosses are issuing fewer tickets as motorists clean up their act in Stafford Borough.

The latest figures show 6,224 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) were issued for illegal parking in the borough between April and September 2012.


This represents an 11 per cent reduction compared with the same period in 2011, when 6,924 drivers were penalised.

Despite the reduction, Stafford Borough Council has raked in nearly £100,000 from on-street parking charges since April.

However, 817 or 13 per cent of the charges issued were successfully appealed.

The council’s head of planning and regeneration, Ted Manders, said: “This is a reflection of the level of transgressions identified in this period.

“However, contributory factors were also major flooding disruption to many car parks during the six-month period.

“Another factor in the reduction is a software upgrade for Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) to obtain real time permit information.

“This means they can check instantly if a vehicle has a valid permit, season ticket or waiver should it not be on display or if the customer has used cashless parking.”

Mr Manders, pictured, has highlighted the “ambassadorial” role CEOs now play in Stafford Borough.

He said: “The parking enforcement team continues to provide a high level of ambassadorial support.

“During this period there have been numerous incidences of help and assis- tance provided.”

In March, a patrolling CEO helped an elderly man knocked off his bike at Doxey car park and, in May, an officer helped a motorist who dropped her keys down a drain by contacting Streetscene to lift the drain and recover the keys.

August saw CEOs help secure the arrest of two burglars raiding a derelict house and another helped an unconscious man he found on the floor of the North Walls toilets.

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