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Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE)

What is CPE?

Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) is when a local authority takes on responsibility from the police to enforce against illegal parking. This process means parking violations becoming civil offences.

Oxfordshire County Council is now responsible for the enforcement of illegal parking in South Oxfordshire.

Why is CPE needed?

Management of waiting and loading restrictions will help us in our wider transport objectives to:

  • reduce blocking of major routes by incorrectly parked vehicles
  • reduce parking in disabled bays by non-badge holders
  • improve traffic management and parking restrictions
  • encourage safe parking
  • reduce congestion and improve air quality
  • help emergency services and public transport.

Offences OCC will be monitoring:

As well as permit holder parking and on-street pay and display parking, we will also responsible for enforcing:

  • Double and single yellow lines
  • Limited waiting bays
  • Loading bays
  • Zig-zag markings at schools (if restrictions apply)
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Double parking (parking too far from the kerb)
  • Blue Badge bays
  • Taxi ranks
  • Parking in bus lanes and stops
  • Parking across dropped kerbs where there's a crossing point, with or without tactile paving

In some areas, there are local agreements in place with town councils to enforce parking places including pay and display bays and permit holder bays. These agreements will come to an end and we will be responsible for on-street enforcement.

Enforcement officers are permitted to inspect any Blue Badge displayed in a vehicle. If a badge is being misused a fine will be issued and may result in the badge being revoked or prosecution. If an offence is detected that would merit the seizure of the badge, then authorisation would be requested from the council.

Offences OCC will not be monitoring:

The police will continue to be responsible for dealing with:

  • dangerously parked vehicles including where there are no parking restrictions in place such as on bends, brows of hills and junctions
  • obstruction offences - pavement with no parking restrictions
  • moving traffic offences including double white lines, one-way traffic, white hatched areas and box junctions.

You can report these issues to the police by calling 101.

More info:

For more information or to register support/interest for formal parking restrictions or changes to existing lines please follow this link.

  • CPE Presentation (PowerPoint Presentation, 632 Kb)

    Civil Parking Enforcement Presentation from Oxfordshire County Council

Last updated: Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:41