Parking enforcement and fines

The council's aims

Parking restrictions (such as yellow lines) are used primarily to try to help address traffic congestion or road safety problems.

Our aim is to try to encourage sensible and safe parking to the benefit of all highway users including pedestrians, cyclists and bus passengers. We seek to:

  • reduce unlawful, dangerous and inconsiderate parking
  • cut congestion and the resulting pollution it causes
  • help in particular the emergency services to get to people in need

The role of Civil Enforcement Officers

A team of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are employed by NSL Ltd to help manage parking in the streets where there are restrictions in place and in the council owned car parks.

CEOs are dressed in distinctive blue uniforms, with an identification number and badge. They serve Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles parked illegally. They serve these by:

  • affixing to vehicle windscreen
  • handing to driver
  • posting to registered keeper (in the case of a vehicle drive away)

CEOs do not get incentives for issuing a certain number of tickets. Their job is to enforce parking regulations openly, fairly and consistently.

The role of the police

The police are responsible for issues such as:

  • parking on footways (unless a yellow line or parking restriction is alongside)
  • dangerous parking where parking restrictions do not exist
  • obstruction offences

You can report incidents to Thames Valley Police by phone or online. More information about how to do this in on the Thames Valley Police website.

Penalty charge notices issued and cancelled

Penalty charge notices issued and cancelled by year
Year Number of notices issued Number of notices cancelled
2006/2007 3862 Data not available
2007/2008 2910 Data not available
2008/2009 2895 Data not available
2009/2010 2377 Data not available
2010/2011 2876 236 (from October 2010 only)
2011/2012 2983 559
2012/2013 3893 759
2013/2014 4405 821
2014/2015 3760 763
2015/2016 2576 671
2016/2017 2795 629
2017/2018 2821 1144
2018/2019 4195 1548
2019/2020 No data (new contracted started with new system)
2020/2021 3302 664
2021/2022 3678 938
2022/2023 4006 888