Proposed Application for DPE Powers

Closed 6 Feb 2017

Opened 30 Nov 2016


On 31 March 2016 Police Scotland stopped operating a traffic warden parking enforcement service.

We are seeking powers to take over the enforcement of the existing on-street public parking from Police Scotland, across the Falkirk Council area.

At its meeting on 27 September 2016, our Executive agreed that work should continue to allow an application to be submitted to the Scottish Government for Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) powers. Under DPE the responsibility for enforcing waiting, loading and parking restrictions transfers from Police Scotland to Falkirk Council. Police Scotland would continue to be responsible for endorsable traffic and moving vehicle offences.

As a result, an application is being prepared to the Scottish Government for DPE powers. This will improve the management of both on and off street parking through a single more efficient operation. It is intended that DPE will apply to all roads in the Falkirk Council area, excluding trunk roads.

The proposed scheme is focused on improving the management of public parking to help reduce road congestion, improve road safety, journey time and reliability for bus and emergency services, maintain good access to town centres and to enhance the pedestrian environment.


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