NCP Ltd awarded traffic warden contract

NIO minister David Cairns MP has announced that National Car Parks Ltd (NCP) has been awarded the contract for enforcing parking restrictions in Northern Ireland. It’s part of the process of transfering responsibility for parking enforcement from the police to the Department for Regional Development and seems to mean that traffic wardens will now be employed by NCP [looks like that to me – Ed] Interestingly, NCP recently announced that in Brighton and Hove police are to patrol with their parking attendants in some areas. The IT element of the contract has also been awarded to SPUR Information Solutions Ltd “following an equally rigorous IT procurement exercise”…Other information from the Dept Regional Development’s press release

The penalty charge for a parking ticket will be £60 reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of receiving the ticket. This £30 level is the same as a fixed penalty notice currently issued by the PSNI for parking offences.

The de-clamp fee will be £40 while the cost to recover a vehicle that has been impounded will be £105. These are the same levels used in England and Wales, outside London. In both cases the parking ticket issued must also be paid.

Routine enforcement will be by the issue of penalty charge notices (parking tickets). Clamping and impounding will initially only be used to recover outstanding debt or in circumstances where persistent offenders are a problem.

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  • Great! “Traffic wardens” on commission. That’s all we need.

    I notice that the press release didn’t say how much money changed hands over this contract, and it didn’t mention whether NCP will be paid more money the more (genuine OR questionable) parking tickets they issue, as has happened in England. It doesn’t mention what the appeal arrangements will be against rogue traffic wardens, or what happens to the extra fines that will no doubt be issued by these efficient new businessmen.

    Nothing good will come of this.

  • Pete Baker

    “and it didn’t mention whether NCP will be paid more money the more (genuine OR questionable) parking tickets they issue”

    Actually Paul, it specifically states that they will not.

    “The performance targets within the contract are all based on the quality of the service provided and not on the number of tickets issued.”

  • Doh! Missed that sentence. Brain must have shut down early.

    But how do you measure the “quality of the service provided” though, if not by tickets? Will there be customer satisfaction forms with your tickets? (“how was your NCP parking fine experience?”)

    Seriously though, if someone is counting the number of unticketed cars, is that not the same thing by another name? Will that not reduce the incentive on traffic wardens to use sensible discretion, and increase the incentive to concentrate on numbers of cars, rather than traffic flow or safety? (“…our key objective for parking enforcement, namely, to reduce the number of illegally parked vehicles…”).

    Maybe it’s not going to be quite as bad as the worst excesses of the English boroughs, but still…