A Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) scheme will be introduced in Falkirk from 19 November 2018.

Decriminalised Parking Enforcement means that the Council will now enforce parking rules throughout the Council area, instead of Police Scotland.

Parking attendants will enforce on-street restrictions with penalty charge notices issued to vehicles parked in contravention of the rules.

Parking, waiting and loading rules are set out by single and double yellow lines on the road, markings on kerbs and parking bays and street signs. Parking attendants will also enforce on-street parking bays.

Penalty charge notices are £60, with a reduction to £30 if paid within 14 days.

The scheme has clear benefits for everyone who uses town centres. It encourages drivers to park safely and correctly, which will increase availability of disabled bays for blue badge holders, increases the turnover in parking spaces which will benefit shoppers, make it easier for delivery vehicles to access local shops, and most importantly, improves road safety.

Parking rules have not changed so if you park responsibly, you won't see a difference. However, this scheme allows the Council to take action against inconsiderate drivers who break the rules.

The scheme will free-up spaces for shoppers who want to park for a short time in a town centre which in turn should encourage more people to the town centres and help local businesses.