Coventry City Council owns all the car parks in Coventry City. Car Parking in Coventry nowadays is managed by Cv One in partnership with Coventry City Council.
It is responsibility of Cv One :
- The day to day operation of the car parks
- Ensuring customers gain access to a parking space
- The equipment is operational all the time
Coventry City Council took over the responsibility of Parking Enforcement from West Midland Police in 4 April 2005. The responsibility for car parking nowadays is not anymore of Police Officers or Traffic Wardens but it is responsibility of Civil Enforcement Officers.
There are different reasons why these changes happened. First of all, under the old system the Police was not able to deal with car parking effectively because of the lack of resources. There were not enough Police Officers to deal at the same time with criminal offences and civil offences because car parking was not considered as a criminal offence anymore. Another reason was lack of finance because it was very expensive for West Midland Police to deal even with car parking as the numbers of the vehicles on the roads was growing rapidly. People also want that the Police Officers concentrate their efforts on problems which are more serious such as criminal offences.
Why it is important to think before you park?
It is crucial that the drivers think before that they park their vehicles and the reason is quite simple those who park their cars illegally have no consideration for other people.
Covenrty City Council in partnership with Cv One wants to make sure that they:
- Reduce the number of illegally parked vehicles
- Improve the safety of the roads and pavements for everyone
- Help emergency vehicles and other large vehicles – especially buses get around the city more easily
- Help all traffic travel in order to improve journey time
- Improve our environment by reducing damage to pavements and verges.
The new system is part of a long term plan in order to improve roads safety and increase traffic flow on Coventry’s roads and the appearance of the city.
Drivers of the vehicles should remember before they park:
- The highway code
- To look at the road markings
- To check the sign plates by the side of the roads
- Waiting restrictions to the whole of the highway including verges and pavements
- Do not park anywhere that could cause danger to other road users
Nowadays councils are taking over the responsibility for dealing with illegal car parking all over the country.
All The Drivers Before They Park Their Vehicles They Should Be Sure That They Have Looked For Any Road Markings And Signs.
- Single yellow lines on the roads mean there is a restriction on parking. There be usually a sign plate showing the times when the parking is not allowed.
- Double yellow lines mean no parking at any time. Sign plates are now not required where are double yellow lines.
- White dotted bays means that the parking is allowed for a limited period of time. A sign plate will be provided on a pole or lamppost.
- Urban Clearways nowadays do not have any yellow lines but it can be found only sign plates.
If a driver of a vehicle park the car illegally that means that he/she has no consideration for the community and other people and he/she is dangerous. Coventry City Council is taking serious action against them who park their cars illegally.
Parking Enforcement Charges
The name of the parking ticket which is issued by council is ‘Penalty Charge Notice’. Parking offences is not considered as a criminal offence anymore. If a driver park his vehicle illegally it will be considered as a civil offence. It will be just required a payment for the penalty and it will not result in a criminal record or no points will be taken out of the driving licence.
Penalty Charge Notices are issued by Civil Enforcement Officers which are employed by Coventry City Council. There is a huge difference between Traffic Wardens and Civil Enforcement Officers. Regarding Civil Enforcement officers their duty is only to deal with car parking and they report to Council. On the other hand Traffic Wardens are employed by Police and it is their duty to report everything to the Police. Civil Enforcement Officers are not able to enforce moving traffic offences or direct traffic because it is responsibility of Traffic Wardens.
Penalty Charge Notices / Parking Tickets
The drivers who park their vehicles in contravention are obligated to pay the penalty charge. It will coast to the drivers £70 for serious parking contraventions and £50 for less serious contraventions. If the drivers pay the Penalty Charge Notice within 14 days the price of the penalty will be reduced by 50 %. It means that they have to pay £35 and £25 for serious parking contraventions and less serious parking contraventions, respectively.
Here is a full list of the different levels of parking offences:
HIGHER LEVEL CONTRAVENTIONS (£70 reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days)
Paying Your Penalty Charge Notice
There are different ways to pay the Penalty Charge Notice:
- Pay online. Citizens can pay online using Coventry City Council secure payment facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a credit or debit card.
- Pay by phone. Citizens can also make the payment by using the telephone hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a credit or debit card.
- Pay by post. Citizens can make the payment by post by sending a cheques or postal orders to the address of Coventry City Council-Parking Services Payment. It is recommended not to send cash through the post.
- Pay in person. Citizens can also make the payment by going in person to Coventry City Council offices.
Charges – Recovery process for unpaid tickets
When the Penalty Charge Notice is issued the drivers can:
- Make the payment within 28 days, or
- Make a formal Representation after they have received the ‘Notice to Owner’, where they can explain their reasons why the Penalty Charge Notice should not have been issued giving also evidence to support their Representation.
If the drivers of the vehicles which have been issued make the payment of the Penalty Charge Notice within 14 days they will have 50% discount from the Penalty Charge Notice.
If the driver receives the ‘Notice to Owner’ he should ether:
- Pay the full charge within 28 days, or
- Make a Representation to Coventry City Council, where they can explain their reasons why the Penalty Charge Notice should not have been issued giving also evidence to support their Representation.
If the driver even after he has received the ‘Notice to Owner’ does not pay the charge within 28 days it will be sent to him a ‘Charge Certificate’ by Coventry City Council and also the charge will increase by 50% from the first Penalty Charge Notice.
After the driver receives the ‘Charge Certificate’ he should make the payment within 14 days. The driver can not appeal anymore after he has received the ‘Charge Certificate’.
If the driver does not pay the charge within 14 days after he has received the ‘Charge Certificate’ it will be registered as a debt in the Country Court and a court fee will be added and also a Notice of Debt Registration will be sent to the driver.
How to appeal against a parking ticket
If the driver of the vehicle which is been issued think that the Penalty Charge Notice should not have been issued or there are special reasons why the Penalty Charge Notice should be cancelled the driver can appeal against the decision of Civil Enforcement Officers.
There are two stages to appeal
Stage 1: Representation
- The driver of the vehicle which has been issued can make a formal Representation to the Coventry City Council but only after he received the ‘Notice to Owner’. The ‘Notice to Owner’ will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 28 days after the Penalty Charge Notice has been issued. There are different ways to complete a Representation form and additional information or more details will be given on the ‘Notice to Owner’.
- After the Representation get to Coventry City Council offices it will be taken in consideration and a reply will be sent to the driver who has make the Representation. The Council can decide to cancel the Penalty Charge Notice or not. If the Council decision is not to cancel the Penalty Charge Notice there will be explained the reasons why the Council took this decision. It will be sent a form as well to the driver which his Representation has been rejected which will allow the driver to the Parking Adjudicators.
Stage 2: Appeal To The Parking Adjudicators
- In this stage the driver’s case will not be considered by Coventry City Council any longer but by experienced and independent lawyers which are entitled Parking Adjudicators.
- The only way to appeal to Parking Adjudicators is that your Representation has been rejected by Coventry City Council.
- In this stage after the Parking Adjudicators has taken in consideration the petition the driver can chose whether to attend the hearing or not. If the driver decides not to attend the hearing he can deal by post as well.
- The decision of Parking Adjudicators is the final one. Their decisions are upon driver and council.
If the driver decides to appeal the Penalty Charge Notice which has been issued the driver should:
- Make the Representation within 28 days after the driver has received the ‘Notice to Driver’
- The driver should explain clearly the reasons why he think that the Penalty Charge Notice should be cancelled
- The driver also has to give as much evidence as possible to support the petition.
The new parking system functions in a certain way that all the money raised from parking tickets are going to be utilized for Civil Enforcement Officers pays, the costs of processing fines etc. After these costs are taken up, if there are any money left raised from parking tickets or the sale of resident’s parking permits it is regulated by law that all these money are going to be transferred to a protected account. All these money are going to be utilized in the future on specific types of projects principally for highways and parking improvements. This system works only for the moneys which are raised from on-street parking tickets. On the other hand all the moneys that are raised from off-street parking tickets can be utilized by City Council for any purpose.
City Council intention is that the price of Penalty Charge Notices is going to be high enough that it will discourage the drivers to park their vehicles in contravention of the rules. This does not mean that the price of Penalty Charge Notice should be excessively high, it should be fair. The price of Penalty Charge Notice is going to be re-evaluated time to time in order to remain fair. Since 31 March 2008 the price for serious offences is £70 and for less serious offences is £50 and if the penalty is going to be paid within 14 days the price will be reduced by 50%
Resident’s Parking Schemes
There are several Residents’ Parking Schemes around Coventry city. These Residents’ Parking Schemes are created by Coventry City Council in order to protect on-street parking spaces outside people home in those areas that parking is limited or problems are going to be caused as a result of parking.
Residents’ Parking Schemes that are currently in operation in Coventry:
- The Butts Area(24 hours)
- Walsgrave(24 hours)
- Middlesbrough Road (24 hours)
- St. Patricks Road (24 hours)
There is a parking scheme as well that protects residents parking in the surrounding area of the Ricoh Arena on major event days.
If a driver parks the vehicle in a residents’ parking area the driver is parking in contravention of the regulation and it is expected to get a Penalty Charge Notice. Even though the driver has a parking permit this does not assure the driver to park in residents’ parking areas but only in appropriate areas where the space is available for parking.
Ricoh Arena Residents’ Parking Scheme
A particular thing about Ricoh Arena Residents’ Parking Scheme is that it solely comes into effect on major event days when is predicted that will be more than 10000 people. In order to avoid traffic congestion the company that manages Ricoh Arena encourage the people to use public transportation rather than driving to the stadium.
There will be several types of permits that can be used:
- Religious Leaders
- Medical Practitioner