Somerset County Council is suspending parking enforcement across the county. The County Council is standing down its Civil Enforcement team in line with Government guidance during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The change means the Council can redeploy officers to support community work such as helping shop for foods and collect medicines for vulnerable people.
The Council is urging all drivers who have to go out only to park in permitted areas, such as parking bays, car parks and uncontrolled areas. As long as vehicles are parked considerately and do not cause an obstruction no action will be taken.
No payment at on-street pay and display machines is required for the time being. Parking areas with time limits near essential shops and pharmacies should be respected to allow access by drivers undertaking essential journeys.
It is vital that drivers do not block the path of emergency vehicles and others involved in delivering services to those in need. A small team of Civil Enforcement Officers will remain available to deal with any parking problems that could affect key access routes to premises such as hospitals and supermarkets.
There are no changes to residents’ parking areas. We would ask everyone to park sensibly and considerately.
For residents who hold annual permits for their vehicles that remain valid during the current pandemic these will be extended for the period of the suspension once enforcement activity recommences.
Please check with your district council for information on car parks in your local area.
Please remember not to make unnecessary journeys and to follow Government rules to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.