Joint patrols planned for taxi ranks in town

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Enforcement operations are to be held at taxi ranks in Rotherham town centre to ensure they are being used properly.

Joint patrols are to be carried out by Rotherham Council’s licensing team and parking enforcement officers and South Yorkshire Police.

Coun Rose McNeely, Rotherham Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Drivers bringing cars into the town centre should always ensure they park legally, including later in the evenings.

“They should take note of signage because all parking restrictions are marked on the road or on roadside signs.

“Currently, we are experiencing difficulties caused by unauthorised vehicles being parked in taxi ranks and other prohibited areas.

“It is hoped that drivers will accept advice, which will be given by the joint enforcement team. However, if vehicles are observed parked in a taxi rank with no driver present, it is highly likely that penalty charge notices will be issued.”

The taxi ranks - on Moorgate Street, Ship Hill, Effingham Square, High Street and Corporation Street - are available for Hackney Carriages to wait for customers to approach them.