Drivers reminded to respect parking restrictions by Sheffield Council
Drivers in Sheffield are being reminded to respect parking restrictions as the new phase of lockdown sees more cars returning to the roads.
With people now able to travel more freely for exercise and outdoor gatherings, Sheffield Council civil enforcement officers are stepping up action against motorists parking dangerously and obstructively across the city.
The council is encouraging people to travel by foot or bike wherever possible and is introducing active travel measures such as footpath widening and pop-up cycle lanes in many communities to support social distancing and exercise.
Free key worker parking in off-street council car parks, which has been provided since March, will come to an end on June 15, as the city centre reopens and non-essential businesses begin to trade again.
However a free parking pass scheme, put in place to support NHS staff and volunteers, and those working in the care sector will remain.
Coun Bob Johnson, council cabinet member for transport and sustainability said: “We’re now coming up to the next phase of lockdown and preparing to reopen our city centre for the first time in months.
“As the government guidance is for people to avoid public transport where possible, we know there will be significantly more traffic on roads as people travel in their cars and on bikes.“The data shows we’re now back up to 68 per cent of normal traffic levels and we believe this will rise even further from June 15.
“As a council, we’re working hard to introduce new measures to make it easier for people to walk and cycle to their destinations, but we know that this is not always possible and so expect roads to become much busier by the end of the month.
“We need to make sure there are enough parking spaces for everyone who needs one, which is why we’ve taken this decision, but please be assured we are still providing free parking for NHS and care workers who need to park in the city centre.
“I’d therefore like to remind everyone to please be considerate and make sure you park safely and appropriately as you travel.”