BOURNEMOUTH’S parking meters are still not being enforced while an investigation is carried out.
No on-street parking fines have been issued for almost two months, after an appeal against a penalty charge notice revealed possible errors in Traffic Regulation Orders.
But the council is still advising motorists to pay for their on-street parking and is warning that enforcement would be reinstated at any time.
Mike Holmes, service director for planning and transport, said: “We are confident the use of all parking meters to regulate parking across Bournemouth is lawful.
“The Independent Adjudicator’s decision related to the legal documentation behind parking enforcement at a particular area where a pay and display meter is located. “This is not uncommon and has happened to other councils across the country. As soon as we became aware of the issue in Bournemouth, we suspended enforcement at all on street pay and display locations, while we sought legal advice in relation to this specific issue. We are now working to rectify what is a technical issue. “While we could continue to enforce, we have taken the decision to not issue PCNs in respect of on-street pay and display until this process is complete. “This matter is being rectified as a matter of urgency and enforcement action could be reinstated at any time without notice.
“Motorists who currently hold outstanding PCNs in respect of displaying a ticket on street should follow the appeals process.”
There are 98 meters across the borough, which normally collect around £15,000 a week.