Heathrow gets tough on parking enforcement
Tuesday 8, June 2010
BAA Heathrow is set to introduce a new parking enforcement scheme in its short stay car parks to crack down on dangerous and inconsiderate parking. The scheme will be introduced on the 1st July and will help to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in the terminal car parks.
A team of uniformed parking officers will patrol the car parks and will issue fixed penalty notices to vehicles parked in contravention of the Terms & Conditions for parking in the Short Stay Car Parks at Heathrow Airport.
Users of the car parks can avoid a Penalty Enforcement Notice by parking within the permitted bays only and checking that they are inside the clearly marked lines before leaving their vehicle. Drivers who park within a disabled persons bay without an appropriate disabled badge or park a motorcycle outside of the designated parking area for motorcycles or a low sided vehicle in a designated high sided vehicle bay will be targeted.
From the 1st July 2010 BAA will issue Parking Enforcement Notices to vehicles parked in contravention of the Terms & Conditions of the Short Stay Car Parks, but will not levy a Penalty Enforcement Charge as a gesture of good will. From 1st August 2010 Penalty Enforcement Charges of £90 will apply for drivers who pay within 28 days, discounted to £45 if paid within 21 days. Any profits raised from the Parking Enforcement Notice scheme will be used to fund public transport improvements at the airport via the Public Transport Levy.
Signage approved by the British Parking Association will be erected across the terminal short stay car parks to inform users of the scheme. An appeals process has been set up and users wishing to dispute a Penalty Enforcement Notice can call a dedicated help line or write in.
Fraser Brown, Head of Travel Services , said "The safety and security of our passengers remains our number one priority and we are confident that the parking enforcement scheme will deliver a better passenger experience in Heathrow's short stay car parks. The majority of car park users who park in compliance of the car park Terms & Conditions will see no change. This scheme will crack down on irresponsible parking that contravenes the Terms & Conditions of our car parks, ensuring a safer and less congested experience for all."
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