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Traffic wardens back on streets next week

Traffic wardens will be back on Northern Ireland's streets from next Monday

TRAFFIC wardens will be back on the streets from next week - with "warning notices" issued to make motorists aware of illegal parking.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon confirmed that notices will be issued on June 22 but a week later fines or 'Penalty Charge Notices' (PCNs) for parking will be issued.

Charging at Park and Ride Sites will also resume.

Ms Mallon said she was aware the decisions "may not be popular for some".

“With more restrictions being relaxed, more people returning to work and retailers now reopening, more and more people are on our roads and our streets," she said.

"It is important for economic recovery that we all support local businesses at this time and as Minister for Infrastructure I must ensure that car parking spaces are available for anyone travelling to our town and city centres and that cars are parked safely.

"I recognise the need to give people time to prepare and to make them aware of this change which is why I have built in a seven day warning period ahead of the reintroduction of parking charges.

"As shops reopen, we are seeing an increase in irresponsible parking and I would urge car users to park responsibly at all times and play their part as we all move towards returning to the new normal."

 

All on-street pay and display machine key pads will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the restart.

Drivers are also asked to carry hand sanitiser and encouraged to make use of cashless parking.

Parking and bus lane enforcement will also recommence on June 29.

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