On-street parking enforcement rules are being relaxed by Devon County Council (DCC) to help residents self-isolating or working from home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Traffic wardens will also scrap foot patrols in favour of travelling in cars – but motorists have been warned double yellow lines are still no-stopping areas.
The temporary move was announced with immediate effect today (Monday, March 23).
DCC says enforcement will be reduced on certain roads so officers can concentrate on ‘keeping key routes running normally’.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highway management, said: “We must keep the network moving, but we also recognise the concerns in residential areas where people are needing to park at home more often due to the need for social distancing and home working.
“We’re facing exceptional challenges presented by the coronavirus and we all need to play a role in responding to that.
“Our parking teams are adapting and re-focusing their efforts to help our communities through this challenge.”
DCC says that, as a minimum, its teams will manage parking on:
- Strategic routes – all A and B roads;
- The main access route to settlements with a population of 500 or more;
- Emergency premises – main access routes to 24-hour emergency services premises, including ambulance stations, full time and retained fire stations, hospitals with 24-hour casualty departments and police stations manned 24-hours;
- Cottage and community hospitals – main access routes to strategic cottage and community hospitals as notified by Devon Primary Care Trust;
- Doctors’ surgeries and other public buildings – main access routes to strategic doctor’s surgeries and other public buildings as notified by Devon Primary Care Trust;
- Bus routes – no waiting restrictions on bus routes will be maintained so long as services continue;
- Supermarkets and food distribution centres – all parking restrictions of access routes to supermarkets and food distribution centres (including loading bays, limited waiting, and pay and display) will be managed;
- Locations identified as needing enforcement to permit refuse collection.
DCC says enforcement will be removed from:
- Peripheral areas – including coastal and tourist destinations (except where identified as being on a strategic route or location);
- Residential areas – including residents’ parking bays (except restrictions in these areas, such as yellow lines and where a residential area is identified as being on a strategic route);
- Central commercial areas – including limited waiting and pay and display (except where identified as being on a strategic route or location).
Civil enforcement officers will also be working their beats from vehicles – rather than walking – to aid with social distancing.
Further updates and information is available here.