Parking illegally is probably something almost all drivers have done at some stage. But how many of us have paused to consider the serious obstruction our cars could be causing by blocking the way for the emergency services such as fire officers, paramedics and the police?
Now, drivers in Gwynedd and Anglesey are being urged to think about the consequences of inconsiderate parking before the changes to the enforcement of parking regulations come in to force on April 1.
“Drivers who breach parking regulations can seriously hinder the crucial work carried out by emergency paramedics,’ said Dafydd Jones-Morris, Regional Director of Ambulance Services.
“During an emergency call, the time wasted because of obstructive vehicles could put lives at risk. I would urge all drivers to think about the possible problems they could cause, even if they’re just parking for a few minutes,’ he added.
From 1 April, 2007 both Gwynedd Council and Anglesey County Council will be taking over the responsibility for the enforcement of parking in their areas from the police. The new Council Parking Attendants will be able to issue Penalty Charge Notices which has been set at £60.
Cllr Wyn Williams who leads on the Environment on Gwynedd Council is confident the people of Gwynedd will benefit in the future from the effective enforcement of parking regulations.
“Over 160 councils across the UK are already managing parking enforcement in their own areas,’ he said.
“The Parking Attendants will have the rights to tackle parking problems in order to improve the flow of traffic and road safety in our towns and villages. Their work will certainly improve conditions for the emergency services, and that is something we must all support.’