As streets in Barking and Dagenham are getting busier, the Council has compelling road safety reasons for enforcing parking and traffic restrictions as part of its responsibility to keep traffic flowing and to ensure streets are kept safe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Civil Enforcement Officers are assigned based on beat patterns to enforce parking restriction in a fair and consistent manner. Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are issued accordingly when vehicles are seen in contravention of restriction in place.
There are numerous Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras located throughout the borough along main roads, which are primarily used by our Community Safety section in conjunction with the Police.
With this network of cameras in place, there are some that have been approved for use for enforcement of parking and traffic related contraventions i.e. to detect and issue PCNs to vehicles that are parked illegally and are causing obstruction or preventing to other drivers as part of the overall goal to reduce congestion and provide evidence-based enforcement.
PCNs are issued for various contraventions such as parking on school keep clear, double-parking, parking in area with waiting loading/unloading restrictions indicated by yellow line, parking on pavement , and also when there has been no loading or unloading activity from a vehicle for five minutes in a loading bay.
CCTV is also used to enforce violations on bus lanes and other moving contraventions (such as banned turnings, disregard of directional signs and pedestrian zone) as a way to achieve greater compliance.
Mobile CCTV vehicles are also used to prioritise enforcement in areas where local residents have complained about high level of non-compliance by motorists to the restrictions in place.
For effectiveness, enforcement via CCTV and mobile CCTV operate alongside the on-foot patrol by our Civil Enforcement Officers. All our CCTV operators are fully trained to issue PCNs.