Cheshire residents can now report illegal parking problems online.
Residents can upload videos and photographs of offending vehicles to the police website where they will be assessed by a traffic officer, who will deal with any dangerous parking offences.
Any minor traffic obstructions or community impact issues will be allocated to the local PCSO or Beat officers to deal with in an appropriate manner.
The operation was piloted across Crewe LPU in January and was rolled out force-wide on 1 February.
What residents will need to do:
- You will need to provide a written statement about the offence, including the date and time it happened. This can be completed electronically.
- You will need to provide us with your name, address, date of birth, and contact details.
- You may be required to attend court if the matter is contested.
- Do NOT challenge the driver or get involved in confrontation.
- Do NOT put yourself at risk to obtain a photograph.
What officers will do:
• The Roads and Crime Unit will triage the report and will deal with the person responsible. This may include issuing fines or educational courses depending on the severity of the offence committed.
Offences officers will deal with:
- Vehicles parked on or in a crossing area: This includes the area covered by zig-zag lines.
- Parking on white lines: People cannot stop or park on a road marked with double white lines, even when a broken white line is on your side of the road, except to pick up or set down passengers, or to load or unload. This includes the pavement or verge.
- Forcing pedestrians to walk in the road: This includes parking on the pavement where there is not enough room for pedestrians to get past.
- Parking at/on a junction: Vehicles cannot stop, park opposite or within 10m of a junction.
- School parking offences: People cannot stop or park on the zig-zag lines or keep clear markings.
- Parking on a cycle track
- Parking a goods vehicle on the road: Vehicles with a maximum laden weight of more than 7.5 tonnes (including trailers) cannot park on a verge, pavement, or any land situated between carriageways, without police permission. The only exception is when this is essential for loading and unloading, but the vehicle cannot be left unattended.
What officers can’t deal with:
- Single and double yellow line offences: These are local authority parking enforcement only.
- Pavement parking: This is where there is still room for pedestrians to get past without having to go into the road.
To report parking issues as part of Operation Park Safe, visit cheshire.police.uk/park-safe.