This page will be kept up to date as we progress towards the implementation of civil parking enforcement. Please check back for further updates.
“As part of the application to the Department for Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council has been advised that we will likely receive approval to commence civil parking enforcement in January 2025 due to anticipated Parliamentary delays. This project is something that we are actively pursuing and our officers will continue to work closely with county colleagues to ensure delivery of the project. We recognise the benefits, as do our colleagues within the other local authority areas, and it will be a great achievement for Cambridgeshire, once delivered."
Executive Councillor for Leisure, Waste and Street Scene, Cllr Simone Taylor
What is civil parking enforcement?
Civil parking enforcement (CPE) is the outcome of a process that decriminalises a number of on-street parking offences, enabling them to be enforced as a civil matter by a local authority. This represents a significant change to the current position whereby these offences may only be enforced by the police.
The process being undertaken will see the establishment of a civil enforcement area (CEA) in Huntingdonshire. This is a statutory process that will see the highways authority (Cambridgeshire County Council) make an application to the Department for Transport (DfT) for the CEA. Following a DfT review, the application will be laid before Parliament for approval.
Who do I contact about an on-street parking issue now?
Until the transition to civil parking enforcement takes effect, the enforcement of on-street parking matters remains a function of the police. HDC is not able to support enforcement due to legislative restrictions.
If your query relates to other on-street matters such as maintenance, you will need to contact Cambridgeshire County Council.
What will change when civil parking enforcement commences?
Huntingdonshire District Council will undertake on-street parking enforcement for a number of offences and continue to enforce its off-street car parks. More information can be found under the next heading.
The police will still retain enforcement powers for:
dangerous and obstructive parking
vehicles parked on pedestrian crossings and zig zag lines
moving traffic offences, for example speeding and passing through ‘no entry’ zones.
Cambridgeshire County Council will remain the highways authority. This means they will still be responsible for maintenance matters and requests for new on-street parking restrictions/scheme implementations.
What can be enforced by HDC when civil parking enforcement commences?
Civil parking enforcement consists of over 40 individual on-street offences.
The list below is condensed to ensure the themes of what can be enforced by HDC are captured without itemising each specific case. These on-street offences are:
breach of waiting and loading/unloading restrictions
breaches of pay and display restrictions, for example, no payment, expired or overstay beyond the maximum period.
parking in a permit bay or zone (such as residents or disabled) without a valid permit for the vehicle
parking on yellow lines in breach of the signposted timed restrictions, for example, no waiting
returning to a parking place before the ‘no return’ threshold has passed
parking a vehicle of a class not permitted for the parking place
parking incorrectly within a marked parking bay/space.
parking likely to cause obstruction, such as more than 50cm from a kerb, or blocking dropped kerbs
stopping/waiting in an area marked for other vehicles, for example, intended for police, taxis, bus stop/stand, cycle track/lane
parking in contravention of signposted special rules, such as no commercial vehicles overnight, no buses
enforcement of parking on double yellow lines
parking on white zig-zags at pedestrian crossings.
What have we done so far?
The delivery of civil parking enforcement in Huntingdonshire requires a significant undertaking of works to enable delivery. Key areas of work include:
Traffic Regulation Order review
Sign and line remedials
Department for Transport application
Development of an agency agreement.
Traffic Regulation Order review works: This includes mapping of all on-street restrictions district-wide and a review of the quality of the restrictions to identify the currently non-compliant sign and line elements. Mapping will be used for the preparation of CPE Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).
Sign and line repair works: Using the above review information, we are preparing to undertake a procurement exercise early in 2024 to appoint a contractor for the works.
Department for Transport application: We are working with Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) to compile all the necessary information to submit the application to form the civil enforcement area. The application will be submitted by CCC in 2024.
Development of an agency agreement: This is the agreement between CCC and HDC that details the relationship and delegated responsibility for on-street enforcement to HDC. Work is continuing on the development of this.
When will civil parking enforcement commence?
As part of the application to the Department for Transport, CCC has been advised that we will likely receive approval to commence civil parking enforcement in January 2025 due to anticipated Parliamentary delays.
We have a proposal being considered for the use of an initial warning notice period once CPE comes into effect. Once this proposal has been considered, an update to this page will be provided.
Do I need to do anything before civil parking enforcement commences?
During on-site surveys, a high level of non-compliance with parking restrictions was observed. It is strongly advised that you consider if your current parking arrangements are in breach of any restrictions and seek to make alternate arrangements. Find out more information