New parking powers given to officers

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NEW powers have been given to police community support officers (PCSOs) to help them deal with a range of traffic offences, from failing to display a tax disc to causing unnecessary obstruction.

As previously reported in the Gazette, the powers have been brought in over time to all 252 PCSOs in Hertfordshire, enabling them to issue fixed penalty notices, and even a points penalty on driving licences, for parking and other traffic-related offences.

But PCSOs can only issue tickets for vehicles on yellow lines if they are causing an obstruction or endangering others.

Superintendent Jeff Taylor, in charge of local policing in Dacorum, said: “Parking problems and antisocial motoring, such as noisy mini motorbikes in open spaces, are possibly the most frequent reasons for complaint to local officers.

“These new powers will enable us to deal more quickly and effectively with these issues and give communities an even better service.”