Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland town's traffic wardens can't issue tickets because laws not in place

Parking restrictions in parts of a Northern Ireland town are unenforceable, because the necessary laws to allow tickets to be issued have not yet been signed off.

Instead motorists are being asked to follow the advice of the signs in the area.

New parking bays have been installed in parts of Cookstown, however, until the necessary legal hurdles are overcome, anyone parking in them can not be served with a ticket, Q Radio has reported.

The new spaces are on parts of James Street, William Street and Oldtown Street. Spaces in other parts of the town remain unaffected and cars can still be ticketed for going beyond parking restrictions.

A Department for Infrastructure spokeswoman explained: “As a consequence of the recently delivered Public Realm Scheme in Cookstown, kerb-line and footway alterations were made which resulted in the repositioning of on-street parking spaces on parts of James Street, William Street and Oldtown Street.

“These changes required the department to undertake a legislative process to introduce a Parking and Waiting Restriction Order to give legal status to the proposed parking bays and waiting restrictions.

"This process, which is aimed at improving traffic progression and motorist parking opportunities, has required the provision of accurate descriptions of the restrictions needed and these are currently being assessed for inclusion in a draft Order. Following consultation, the Order will be presented to the department’s permanent secretary for ratification and will then be made.

“All signs and lines are now in place and enforcement of the new restrictions will recommence once the legislation has been signed off.

"Most of the parking restrictions in Cookstown are still enforceable under the old legislation and the department would strongly recommend that motorists adhere to the information displayed on the parking and waiting restriction signs currently in place.”

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