Legislation and Policies

How legislation affects traffic and parking in Bournemouth

We publish an Annual Report that explains our parking and enforcement goals for Bournemouth. The Report also explains what parking projects we have launched and issues we have looked into during the past year.  Our Off-street Parking Places Order 2018 details parking regulations for our car parks. 

Traffic Management Act 2004

Our parking regulations follow the Traffic Management Act  2004. If you’ve broken the regulations, we will issue you a Penalty Charge Notice that tells you about the offence.

Penalty charges are:

  • £70 (£35 if paid within 14 days) for major offences.
  • £50 (£25 if paid within 14 days) for minor offences.

We can issue Penalty Charge Notices using camera enforcement. Cameras are used to photograph vehicles parked illegally.

We will post you a Penalty Charge Notice if:

  • You’ve moved the vehicle before the notice could be issued.
  • The Civil Enforcement Officer felt you threaten their personal safety. 
  • Your vehicle was seen parked illegally by the camera car

Bus lanes

If you use a Bus Lane you will be sent a Penalty Charge Notice for £60 (£30 if paid within 14 days)

  • The Transport Act 2000 (the ‘Act’). The Bus Lane Contraventions (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement)
  • (England) Regulations 2005 (the ‘Regulations’). The Bus Lanes (Approved Devices) (England) Order 2005 (the ‘Order’) 

Civil Enforcement Officers: can issue Penalty Charge Notices for the following – 

  • Parked on double or single yellow lines, unless loading or unloading
  • Stopped on school Zig Zags, bus stops or taxi bays where clearway markings are present.
  • Parked in loading bays, when not loading or unloading
  • Parked in disabled bays without displaying a blue badge.
  • Non-display of pay and display ticket or for non-payment for parking in car parks or on-street payment locations.
  • Vehicles parked for longer than permitted in limited waiting bays
  • Parking incorrect type of vehicle in ‘cars and motorcycle’ only bays, taxi bays, police bays or other designated bays.
  • Parked across a dropped kerb or footway

Civil Enforcement Officers and Police Officers can both issue Penalty Charge Notices at pedestrian crossings and Zigzags.

Civil Enforcement Officers can also inspect and seize blue badges.

Civil Enforcement Officers cannot deal with obstructions of the highway or parking on the pavement, (unless the vehicle is parked adjacent to yellow lines), you would need to contact the Police on the non-emergency number 101 to report these offences.