Parking - frequently asked questions
What is the system?
Isle of Anglesey County Council has the responsibility for issuing parking tickets on Anglesey. Under this system, such offences are no longer criminal offences, but rather civil offences. They remain serious, and will be dealt with accordingly. Although it might sound like you can park anywhere you like, it doesn’t actually mean that at all.
What are the benefits of this system?
- improved traffic flow which will reduce journey times – drivers who park on yellow lines or on the pavement cause an obstruction to others
- improve safety around schools. Dangerous parking is a serious problem and causes a number of safety issues
- reduce inconvenience to other users
- improve the general flow of traffic and journey times throughout Anglesey
- help prevent emergency and public service vehicles from finding their routes blocked
- improve the environment by reducing damage to pavements and verges caused by parked vehicles
Is this the council’s way of making easy money?
Absolutely not. The law states that the new system must be self-financing so money raised from the parking enforcement operation as a whole goes towards running the service. Therefore, the income received from parking fines and from the pay & display machines will be spent to pay for the service, for example, the maintenance of car parks and improvements related to transport on Anglesey.
Who is responsible for managing the project?
The Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Highways and Transportation Service will manage the project.
How much is the fine?
The fine is £60. However, if paid within 14 days, the fine will be reduced to £30. If the fine is not paid and we have to contact the owner of the vehicle, then it could rise to as much as £90 or possibly more. The fines are enforceable and steps will be taken through the magistrates court to recover the money.
The Isle of Anglesey County Council is responsible for setting the fine, but before doing this the council had to provide a business case to the Welsh Assembly Government proving that its financial plan was correct. The plan must included the level at which fines are set in order to make the scheme viable as it must be self-financing.
How do I pay the fine?
Full details on how to pay the fines are on the back of the penalty charge notice (parking ticket), for example by credit or debit card or by cheque.
What about residents’ parking schemes?
We will be looking at the feasibility of introducing residents parking schemes in some areas of Anglesey.
What is the difference between a parking attendant and a traffic warden?
The difference between a parking attendant and a traffic warden is that parking attendants are employed by the council. Traffic wardens were employed by and reported to the police under the old system.
Will parking attendants be paid some kind of bonus for issuing as many penalty charge notices as they can?
Definitely not. There is no incentive or bonus involved. All parking attendants will be fully trained in how, when and why penalty charge notices can and should be issued.
Can the police issue parking tickets?
Only in cases such as obstruction – but these are fixed penalty notices. It should be noted that the police are still responsible for enforcing the regulations involving moving traffic or offences involving obstruction of the highways.
Are people with disabilities affected?
Only in a positive manner. They benefit from the fact that the change in the way parking regulations are enforced should result in fewer people who are not disabled parking in the designated disabled parking bays (which is illegal).
As from 2003 orange badges are no longer valid. Disabled drivers must display the blue badge which is recognised by all member countries of the European Union.
Everyone eligible for a blue badge receives a copy of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) “Blue Badge Scheme” booklet. This clearly explains what parking concessions are permitted (and what are not) and what the badge holder’s responsibilities are with regard to use of the badge.
Fraudulent use of badges is a major problem nationwide. Badges must not be lent to friends or relatives and will be withdrawn if the holder misuses it.
It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a blue badge and offenders can be fined up to £1,000. It is also a criminal offence to drive a vehicle displaying a blue badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle, except in the very specific circumstances described in the booklet. These still remain criminal offences after under the new parking enforcement scheme.
Where can I park with a blue badge?
On Anglesey, Blue Badge holders are able to park for free in any bay within the pay and display car parks providing that a valid badge is displayed.
When displaying the badge on the car dashboard, please ensure that it is the serial number and date of expiry that is showing, not your photograph and name.
Exceptions apply - please read the information booklet attached to our Blue Badge web page for further information.
What if I think the fine was issued unfairly?
Write to us saying why you think it was unfair. We will consider your arguments and give you our response. Our contact details will be on the back of the ticket.
If we believe the penalty charge notice (parking ticket) was issued for valid reasons but you are unhappy with the decision you have the right to appeal to an independent adjudication body (National Parking Adjudication Service). We will tell you whom to contact if you want to do this.
Which car parks are affected?
The only car parks which will be affected are those managed by the council. Private car parks will not be affected.
Do you clamp vehicles and tow them away?
It is not intended to use clamping. However, the council will have authority to authorise removal of vehicles causing obstruction and the police will retain their existing powers in this respect.
What are the enforcement hours?
Enforcement hours vary from place to place. Drivers are responsible for checking the regulations displayed on the signs.