Birmingham City Council has responsibility for the enforcement of the city's parking regulations. This is part of the Government's scheme for the decriminalisation of parking offences. As a result there is a new team of Civil Enforcement Officers on Birmingham's streets.
Keeping Birmingham Moving
- Encourage sensible and safe parking.
- Reduce congestion (badly parked vehicles slow down other road users including the emergency services and buses).
- Make the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
- Allow buses to operate more effectively.
- Allow the police to devote more resources to tackling crime.
- Improve the environment.
Parking in a disabled bay without a badge
Civil Enforcement Officers can issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if they find a vehicle parked in a designated disabled bay without a valid blue badge on display.
We can't take any enforcement action against people who park in 'courtesy' disabled bays, painted in white on the road outside of houses. These markings are often put down by our department, but carry no legal authority by us, or the police, to enforce.
Mobile CCTV Parking Enforcement
The Traffic Management Act 2004 allows local authorities to carry out enforcement of parking restriction using CCTV cameras in certain circumstances. Some areas are difficult to enforce in the traditional way using Civil Enforcement Officers patrolling on foot. The use of mobile CCTV enforcement cameras can be used as an alternative in order to improve safety and compliance with parking restrictions when vehicles are parked on:
- a bus lane
- a bus stop clearway or bus stand clearway
- a Keep Clear zig-zag area outside schools, or
- a red route.
The Code of Practice for Operation of CCTV Enforcement Cameras, attached below, provides more detail on the operation and deployment of CCTV enforcement vehicles.
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