The Department for Transport is now promoting the change I wrote about last week, allowing councils to use cameras to enforce against parking in statutory cycle lanes (on DfT’s Twitter and on gov.uk). ukparking view: As I wrote last week – this change is very limited. It also seems odd that this is described in the plural – “New laws” on the tweet, “New powers” in the press release – when this is one piece of legislation, restoring one power that was removed just a few years ago. It’s also irrelevant to most people, as it applies to statutory cycle lanes, which in many areas of the country are non-existent. In the areas I’ve worked in, (over 1000 square miles with a population of over 1.3 million people, a mix of city, town and rural) I haven’t found a single affected lane.
In Scotland, The National reports on a councillor has been caught misusing a space for blue badge holders.
Many places suspended charging or enforcement at the March; with non-essential retail re-opening, more places announcing they will bring back charging and enforcement, including Cheshire East, Sandwell, and Scarborough.
Some spaces will be re-purposed to aid social distancing, with examples in Market Drayton being covered by The Shropshire Star, in line with government guidance to “make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians”