Number of Traffic Wardens to increase by a third in Liverpool
Liverpool City Council is set to expand its traffic warden team by a more than a third as part of a major clampdown on illegal parking and abuse of blue badges.
Following an internal review of parking operations, the city council is to recruit a further 17 Civil Enforcement Officers taking the total to 60 – while increasing car park attendants from 8 to 12.
Joining these recruits will be a new team of five Permit Officers who will be hired to specifically tackle the fraudulent misuse of the Blue Badge scheme and illegal selling of residential permits.
The review has been prompted by an increase in the number of residents parking zones, particularly around the city’s two football clubs, and the continuing growth of the city centre which has meant an increasing demand for parking enforcement.
There’s also been a rise in complaints from residents, businesses and tourists on inconsiderate and dangerous pavement parking and the city council is looking to introduce an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order later in the year to enact enforcement powers in specific streets.
With major regenerations schemes, such as the new Cruise Terminal, set to further fuel the rising demand for parking in and around the city centre, the city council is also in the process of creating 6,000 new off street spaces over the next five years – with its newest car park on Victoria Street to open next month.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods, said: “Pavement parking is a growing menace and such is the danger this is causing to pedestrians and other motorists we are looking to use all the necessary measures at our disposal to stamp this selfish practice out.
“We are also looking at expanding the number of permit zones which in turn means we need more officers to police pavement parking and residential parking zones effectively.
“Liverpool city centre has boomed over the past decade and continues to do so, especially around the fringe such as the Knowledge Quarter, Baltic Triangle and Liverpool Waters, which has brought additional pressures and concerns specifically the abuse of Blue Badges and selling of residential permits.
“We know the public want us to act and by increasing this team we can minimise the confrontations, disruption, inconvenience and upset these practices cause.”
The increase in Parking Services staff will enable the authority to expand its operations across the city, target hot spots over the weekend and increase ‘out of hours’ enforcement during major events and to support enforcement campaigns.
The cost of the recruitment drive, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year, will be covered by the additional revenue from penalty charge notices in the short to medium term. This income is projected to fall over future years as drivers take more notice of parking restrictions.