Free travel offer welcomed by council
Posted on Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Civil enforcement officers of Newport City Council are being allowed free travel on the city’s buses.
Newport Transport made the offer to ensure the officers can reach a variety of destinations for their shifts when carrying out Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) duties.
And the company is urging motorists who want to avoid parking fines to leave their cars at home and catch the bus instead.
It is also supporting the council’s #ParkRight campaign which encourages drivers to adhere to the Highway Code and park safely with its own campaign #maketheswitch.
The move is welcomed by Councillor Roger Jeavons, the council’s cabinet member for City Services.
He said: “For years residents have complained both to us and Gwent Police about the lack of enforcement on the streets where motorists were blatantly ignoring the rules of the road, causing problems for pedestrians and other drivers especially in the city centre.
“We know bus drivers also had a lot of problems negotiating roads around the city because of badly parked cars so we welcome the offer by Newport Transport to help in this way.
“We have spent months reinstating or refreshing traffic orders and putting up new signs so people are in no doubt over parking rules.”
Operations director at Newport Transport, Morgan Stevens explained: “We’re happy to support the council with the parking enforcement.
“As significant road users ourselves, we understand first-hand the difficulties inconsiderate parking creates for other road users. Public transport can be part of the solution to lessen congestion and improve air quality in the city.
“At Newport Bus, we provide over 40 routes in Newport and the surrounding areas, and with 15 new zero emission electric buses to be fully operational by Easter 2020 and our commitment to continuously review our routes, we really can encourage people to make the switch to bus as their preferred mode of transport.”
CPE was introduced to improve road safety, reduce congestion ensuring more free flowing traffic and to protect communities from illegal and inconsiderate parking plus enforcing resident parking schemes.
It aims to be a self financing operation and will help improve the transport network as any extra income from illegal parking enforcement will be spent directly on parking or transportation improvements.