County council appoints its enforcer for streets of Cambridge from April 1

The County Council has appointed the UK's largest provider of on street parking services to run parking enforcement in Cambridgeshire.
The new contract, which comes into force on April 1, will coincide with the County Council taking on the running of parking enforcement from the City Council which has acted as agents for parking enforcement for the County Council since 2004.

Under the new contract the number of parking enforcement officers on the streets of Cambridge will be retained at current levels, with the potential for parking enforcement operations to be extended to other parts of the county as and when Government powers are sought.

Parking enforcement staff currently employed on the current enforcement contract in Cambridge, operated by Cambridge City Council, will be offered the chance to transfer to the new company NSL.

It is expected that the County Council will provide enforcement for the City Council within its off-street car parks.

The Cambridge scheme aims to help reduce congestion in the city, encourage safe parking and ensure compliance with parking restrictions by making sure there is better enforcement of the on-street parking regulations and restrictions.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Access, Councillor Mac McGuire, said: "By taking the enforcement of on-street car parking in-house, the County Council expects to make significant savings, while at the same time ensuring we do everything we can to minimise traffic congestion and hold-ups which can be caused by inconsiderate or illegal parking on the narrow streets of Cambridge.

"For the local motorists and visitors to the city it will very much be business as usual and they should not notice any difference to the parking enforcement procedures on the streets of Cambridge."

NSL employs almost 3,000 Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO), Parking Attendants and Traffic Attendants across the UK. The company current provides services to some 43 local authorities across the country.

NSL Operations Director Alastair Cooper, said: "Cambridge is a busy high-profile city with unique traffic pressures, and a high number of visitors and tourists, so the job of keeping the streets clear and the traffic flowing is just part of what we will expect to do. We will ensure our CEOs are ambassadors for both the County and this famous city and can assist visitors, tourists and residents in getting around as easily as possible.
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