Traffic wardens are back on the streets after three years

New wardens
New wardens

A new era for parking enforcement in East Dunbartonshire gets underway today - as community wardens take to the streets to issue fines.

The council-employed wardens now have the power to give illegal parkers tickets, and will be out-and-about in towns from today (Wednesday, April 2) - wearing their new red and grey uniforms.

Motorists who park on double-yellow lines or occupy disabled spaces without a ‘Blue Badge’ face a fine of £60 - reduced to £30 if paid within a fortnight.

Strathclyde Police withdrew traffic wardens locally in 2011, with police officers responsible for parking enforcement in the meantime.

A number of roadshows have been held recently to help people get to grips with the new system.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and regeneration committee, said: “Feedback from the events has been generally very positive about getting the wardens on our streets. People understand the need for restrictions to be enforced.

“After months of planning, consultation and hard work behind the scenes, a new era for parking is now underway.

I want to pay tribute to all the staff who worked so hard to make this scheme a reality - helping to bring order back to our town and village centres, increasing community safety and helping traffic flow.”