Just one parking ticket issued in borough as new permits for NHS staff provided
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With quieter roads, but more people at home parking on the street, motorists still risk being fined for parking illegally.
In Great Yarmouth the number of wardens on patrol has dipped as they are re-deployed as part of community efforts to reach those isolated at home without support.
It means just one driver has been slapped with a ticket during the lockdown.
The single notice was the only one issued between March 18 and April 1.
Figures provided by Norfolk County Council show that during a similar period last year from March 20 to April 3, 283 motorists were hit with penalty charge notices.
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The council said in a statement: “Even though roads are quieter at the moment authorities are running a reduced level of parking enforcement to make sure blue light services, as well as bin collections and food delivery trucks, are still able to access people’s homes.”
MORE: ‘I’ll go to jail, I don’t care’ - Restaurant owner’s anger after being fined while loading food for self-isolating peopleMeanwhile county, city, borough and district councils have all come together to create the new Covid-19 parking permits allowing free parking on-street and in council run car parks for key workers and community volunteers helping people across Norfolk.
A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “The council owned carparks that are open in the borough continue to operate as normal, although there is now a permit available for those working in the medical and care groups.
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“This allows them to park on-street and on council car parks whilst undertaking their duties, free of charge.
“The civil enforcement officers are still working but in a reduced capacity as they have taken on other roles in response to the Covid-19 situation and are working within the new community teams that have been set up. “They are assisting mainly in the collection and delivery of medical supplies and prescriptions for vulnerable people in the borough.
“This has now been extended to include food parcels which they are helping to pack and distribute.”
“Regarding the amount of tickets issued given the current government guidance on social distancing, the streets are a lot quieter and therefore less intervention is required.”
To ensure vital spaces remain available, and roads accessible for emergency services, the new parking permits do not apply to disabled parking bays, loading bays, car club spaces and double yellow lines.
Initially permits will be valid for three months.
To find out more, and to apply for a permit, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/freeparking or click the link here.