Parking restrictions in Middlesbrough are enforced for traffic management and road safety reasons. Parking enforcement is carried out in line with the Traffic Management Act 2004 (part 6, civil parking enforcement).
Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) can either be served on the vehicle or driver by a Civil Enforcement Officer, or by post on the registered keeper of the vehicle. A Penalty Charge Notice may be served by post if the Civil Enforcement Officer was either prevented from serving the notice on the vehicle or driver, or if the vehicle was driven away before the Penalty Charge Notice could be served.
Parking Penalty Charge Notices have different penalty levels. A higher level £70 penalty is given for parking in a place where parking is always prohibited, such as in areas with waiting and loading restrictions, or for parking in a disabled bay without displaying a valid Blue Badge. A lower level £50 penalty charge is given for less serious contraventions such as overstaying in a parking place or for parking outside of a marked bay.
To encourage prompt payment both the higher and lower level penalties are reduced by 50% if payment is made within 14 days (21 days for Penalty Charge Notices issued by camera car).
The council also uses a CCTV camera car to enforce two 'no stopping' restrictions which are difficult and impractical for a Civil Enforcement Officer to enforce on foot. The camera car is clearly marked as a Road Safety and Enforcement vehicle.
Stopped on a restricted bus stop/stand (code 47)
Stopping is not permitted in bus stops from 7am to 7pm. Bus stops must be kept clear to allow passengers to board and alight from buses safely. The majority of bus stops on the key routes in the town have low floor platforms that enable at grade access to low floor buses directly from the pavement. Vehicles parking in bus stops prevent the bus from accessing the low floor platform and creates serious difficulties for elderly and mobility impaired passengers. With over 700 bus stops in Middlesbrough only a limited level of enforcement can be provided by Civil Enforcement Officers working on foot.
Stopped in a restricted area outside a school (code 48)
Stopping is not permitted on the yellow zig zag markings outside schools in Middlesbrough between the hours of 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. This area must be kept clear to allow children to enter and leave the school grounds safely. With over 50 schools in Middlesbrough only a limited level of enforcement can be provided by Civil Enforcement Officers working on foot.