Council crackdown on bus stop parking

Cllr Phil Scott and Rachel Geliamassi, Operations Manager Stagecoach Hastings, with an enforcement officer
Cllr Phil Scott and Rachel Geliamassi, Operations Manager Stagecoach Hastings, with an enforcement officer

THE COUNCIL is cracking down on vehicles parked illegally in bus stops.

A zero tolerance policy is currently being implemented to keep bus stop clearways free of parked vehicles.

Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council and Stagecoach in Hastings are working together, to deliver better bus services and facilities in town, through the Quality Bus Partnership (QBP) Action Plan.

Councillor Phil Scott, lead member for environment, said: “The Quality Bus Partnership’s top priority is still punctuality and reliability so this ‘zero tolerance’ approach is very welcome.

“A bus stop clearway must be kept completely clear of vehicles to enable the free flow of public transport. Any vehicle stopping for any period of time can cause serious traffic congestion especially if the bus cannot enter the bus stop due to the parked vehicle.”

Any vehicle stopping in a bus stop clearway for any period of time (no matter how short) may commit a parking contravention and could receive a penalty charge notice. There is no exemption for blue badge holders, vehicles loading or unloading, vehicles stopping to use cash points or picking up passengers.

More information about the Quality Bus Partnership can be found at www.hastings.gov.uk/qbp.