Decision details

Options for the Enforcement of Electric Vehicle Car Parking Spaces (D14 19)

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Place (Health Lead)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To provide details of the current car parking options available in order to agree the scope of the statutory consultation that will propose changes to the car parking order.

Decision:

1.     Members wished to consider the enforcement of Electric Vehicle only spaces and where appropriate consider pursuing enforcement against non-electric vehicles which use spaces served by electric vehicle charging infrastructure;

2.     In principle, that Breckland District Council (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2014 be amended so as to follow electric vehicle parking bays to be used only by electric vehicles;

3.     Officers be authorised to undertake the necessary consultation and equality impact assessment in relation to the proposed amendments to the car parking order and report back to a future meeting following completion of the consultation process;

4.     That the draft notice of proposals and the draft statement of reasons (attached as Appendices) be approved in principle.

Reasons for the decision:

Breckland Council owns and maintains a number of car parks across its district particularly in market towns.  As report previously, Breckland has obtained funding from Highways England to install rapid electrical charging units and these are in the process of being installed in the Breckland owned car parks in Cowper Road Dereham, St Nicholas Street Thetford, Queens Square Attleborough and Pedlars (off Market Street) Swaffham.  Further units may be installed in other car parks in the future as and when funding becomes available.  These charging points will be linked to two parking bays at each location and the bays painted and signed advising of their prime purpose.

Currently the Council has no provision against non-electric vehicles using spaces designated for electric vehicle charging.  This would mean that electric vehicle users may find themselves unable to charge their vehicles in the Council car parks.

Alternative options considered:

1.     To agree to allow the use of electric charging bays to be enforced.

2.     To not agree.

Publication date: 06/02/2019

Date of decision: 05/02/2019

Effective from: 14/02/2019

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