The Bedford Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is
an area where parking regulations have been introduced to deal with
a range of parking problems. Designated parking bays are provided
with signs indicating their use. Yellow line restrictions – single
and double - apply outside the designated bays. Enforcement of the
bays and lines is carried out by the Council’s Civil Enforcement
Officer's. Only a vehicle displaying a parking permit, a valid
pay-and-display ticket, a Visitor Voucher or a Disabled Badge can
park in the designated bays.
Advantages of the
The Council believes the controlled parking
zone will bring the following advantages:
It allows for a fair distribution of parking
spaces for local residents by removing commuter parking. This is
achieved by the creation of a permit-parking scheme.
It creates a more pleasant residential
environment due to the reduction in vehicles looking for a parking
space in your street.
There should be a reduction in traffic
congestion in general with a corresponding reduction in pollution
and improved public transport reliability.
Visitors, doctors/medical staff can find
parking more easily.
There is a greater turnover of parking spaces
in shopping areas to the benefit of local traders and shoppers.
As the CPZ is required to be self-financing,
it will not be funded from local taxation and any surpluses will be
used to fund improvements to alternative modes of transport,
particularly public transport.
Pedestrian and highway safety is improved by a
reduction in illegal parking on yellow lines.
There is an improvement in security
as Civil Enforcement Officers are conspicuous as they
patrol the streets.
However the Council recognises that there are
some disadvantages with the CPZ
Residents, businesses, visitors and shoppers
need to pay for on-street parking.
Commuter parking may be displaced to other
areas outside the controlled parking zone.
It does not protect residents' parking space
outside the controlled parking zone's hours of operation.
It does not guarantee parking space
immediately outside individual properties.
If a vehicle is parked in contravention of a Traffic
Regulation Order (e.g. by parking in the wrong place or failing to
display a valid parking permit/ticket) the vehicle would be issued
with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) with the charge being £70 or £50
depending on the nature of the contravention.
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