Parking enforcement information

The Statutory Recovery process

Find out how penalty charges are recovered, including explanations of the various documents and stages at London Councils.

Civil parking and traffic and Moving Traffic enforcement through CCTV

  • Traffic Management Act regulations give the power to authorities throughout England to issue Penalty Charge Notices for contraventions detected using a camera and associated recording equipment
  • approved devices which are used solely to detect contraventions must be certified as an approved device by the Secretary of State

In Bexley, CCTV is used to enforce:

  • school restrictions (zig zags)
  • bus stop/bus stand clearways
  • and moving traffic contraventions, such as:
    • banned right, left and U turns
    • no vehicle entry
    • yellow no stopping box junctions
    • vehicle type access restrictions

Moving traffic contravention codes and suffixes (PDF, 138KB).

Approved Device equipment certification

  • Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) can be served through the post on the basis of a record produced by an approved device
  • this is set down in The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2007, and in accordance with the powers contained in Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • the London Borough of Bexley confirms that the equipment used satisfies the regulations and details can be found on GOV.UK

Parking exceptions for carrying out statutory duties

Due to the nature of the work carried out by Civil Enforcement Officers they may have to park incorrectly in certain circumstances.

In accordance with "The Bexley (Waiting and Loading Restriction) (No. 1) Traffic Order 2012", vehicles used to carry out statutory duties on behalf of the Local Authority are exempt from waiting/loading and other restrictions.

Regardless of the above exception, it is not permitted for Civil Enforcement Officers (or any other exempted type of vehicle) to be parked in a manner which is dangerous or causes an obstruction to any other road users.

The exception only applies when the vehicle is being used to undertake statutory duties.

Should anyone consider that the exception as shown above is not being used correctly they should report it immediately.