PARKING rules suspended at the start of the pandemic will resume next month -– but Inverclyde Council car parks will remain free until next year.
Enforcement of time-limited on-street parking — which may include the use of parking discs, and residents’ permit schemes — will re-commence throughout the district from Monday 7 December.
The rules were relaxed because there were far fewer vehicles on the roads; to support key workers; and to allow council staff to be redeployed elsewhere to help with the Covid-19 emergency response.
Reintroduction of on-street parking restrictions — some of which involve displaying a parking disc — follows consultation with local businesses and is designed to reduce the amount of spaces being taken by all-day parking and increase turnover of vehicles to help boost trade.
All council-owned car parks will remain free of charge to use into 2021 to support residents and businesses.
Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “Since we exited lockdown earlier this year, our roads have naturally become busier as more places reopened and as more people began to venture out.
“Because of that, and with Christmas fast-approaching, now seems like an appropriate time to reintroduce more enforcement of the parking rules in Inverclyde.
“They’re not designed to punish anyone but to encourage people to park responsibly and provide easier access to parking for others, particularly in our town centres.
“That, along with the continued free use of all council car parks, then helps to increase turnover of cars and hopefully boost trade for our local businesses which need our support now more than ever as they try to recover from the effects of the pandemic.”
On-street time limits must be adhered to and some areas may require the display of a parking disc in vehicles otherwise motorists face receiving a fine.
Drivers are advised to check signs for time limits and whether a parking disc is needed.There will be a supply of discs available from local shops.
People who live in residents’ permit zones are encouraged to make sure their permit is still valid before enforcement restarts.
Anyone who exceeds on-street parking time limits, does not display a parking disc in required areas, or who parks in a residents’ zone without a valid permit risks a £60 fine.