Hertfordshire Pcsos given powers to issue parking tickets
PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:46 24 October 2011
PCSOS in Hertfordshire have been designated new powers to deal with illegal and dangerous parking and anti-social motoring.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has empowered its PCSOs to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for illegal parking and other traffic-related offences.
Superintendent Jeff Taylor, who is in charge of local policing across Hertsmere and Welwyn Hatfield, said: “Parking problems and anti-social motoring, such as noisy mini motorbikes in open spaces, are possibly the most frequent reasons for complaint to local officers.
“These new powers will enable us to deal more quickly and effectively with these issues and give our communities an even better service.”
The county’s 252 PCSOs can now deal with offences for non-endorsable FPNs (carrying £30 fines) and endorsable FPNs (£60 fine and points on a driving licence).
Offences range from failure to exhibit an excise license (tax disc), sounding a horn at night or when stationary, unnecessary obstruction, driving on a verge or footway, excessive noise, riding a motorcycle with no protective headgear and some pedal cycle offences such as cycling on a footpath and contravening a traffic sign. Unlike council-employed parking wardens, PCSOs cannot issue tickets for vehicles contravening yellow lines, unless they are causing an obstruction or parked in such a way as to endanger others.
David Lloyd, Chairman of the Police Authority, said “It is important that we use whatever measures we can to deal with the issues that cause distress to communities. I hope that by giving PCSOs these new powers we can do more to tackle dangerous parking and anti-social motoring, which have a real impact on local people every day.”
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