Parking enforcement to resume in NI from Monday

Parking enforcement is returning to NI after a seven-day warning period. Credit: Presseye

Enforcement around parking and bus lanes will resume in Northern Ireland from Monday 22 June, with on-street charges returning a week later.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon says warning notices will be given for the first seven days to make motorists aware.

But from 29 June, penalty charge notices will start to be issued and charging on-street and at Park and Ride sites will also commence.

As shops reopen, we are seeing an increase in irresponsible parking and I would urge car users to park responsibly at all times and play their part as we all move towards returning to the new normal.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

“With more restrictions being relaxed, more people returning to work and retailers now reopening, more and more people are on our roads and our streets,” the minister said.

“It is important for economic recovery that we all support local businesses at this time and, as Minister for Infrastructure, I must ensure that car parking spaces are available for anyone travelling to our town and city centres and that cars are parked safely.

“I know that these decisions may not be popular for some, but I have carefully considered the needs of all those using our roads before making my decision.

“I recognise the need to give people time to prepare and to make them aware of this change which is why I have built in a seven-day warning period ahead of the reintroduction of parking charges.”

Ms Mallon added: “All on-street pay and display machine keypads will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the restart.”

Drivers are also being encouraged to carry hand sanitiser and to make use of cashless parking.

The minister also noted that many people who have to travel for work or to shop are using cars, given concerns around public transport and social distancing.

“I appreciate that this is still a worrying time for all of us and it is important that we continue to follow the advice and continue to socially distance where possible,” she said.

“I would encourage anyone travelling to work or to shop in our towns or cities to make their journey by sustainable modes of transport where possible.

“I recognise however that many are still using their cars.Therefore, we must ensure responsible parking for road safety and also ensure there is pavement space to allow for social distancing and to assist businesses at this challenging time.”