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New arrangements for enforcement of car parking on campus

New arrangements for the enforcement of car parking on campus will come into effect at the beginning of next month.

From Monday 3 April, parking fines will be imposed on drivers whose vehicles are not registered or who have not parked in a marked space.

Drivers who park on double yellow lines, in a disabled bay without the appropriate badge or on hatched areas will receive an immediate fine as they are blocking the way for emergency vehicles and potentially causing serious issues for disabled drivers. Parking on pavements or grassed areas will also result in an immediate fine.

Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) and the University of Sussex are working in partnership with First Parking, an approved parking operator that is registered with the British Parking Authority and is permitted to impose fines. First Parking will be able to obtain details of car ownership from the DVLA.

The Director of Residential and Campus Services, Charles Dudley, explains the reasons for the new arrangements: “Although the majority of staff and students who drive to campus register their vehicles and pay to park, an increasing number have not registered their vehicles and are not paying. We also know that drivers who have no connection to the University are parking here. The new enforcement arrangements are directed at those who have been abusing the system.

“Our priority is the safety of all members of the campus community. We have tried to avoid enforcement, but unfortunately we have little option now but to pursue this route. It brings us in line with the majority of universities in the country.”

In order to give drivers who already have permits a reasonable chance of parking on campus, the only permits being issued between now and end of the academic year will be for the Bridge car park - and these may be limited as take-up increases.

All drivers are encouraged to allow enough time to find a parking space before classes or work. This may mean being more flexible in using the campus car parks that are available.

Some of the income from fines will be used to offset administration costs for the scheme. Any surplus will be used for transport-related initiatives and go towards funding of welfare projects for students and staff. 

Alongside the new arrangements for parking enforcement, SEF and the University are working on a series of measures as part of a wider transport strategy. These include liaising with bus and train companies to improve and extend services, participating in the new Brighton bike-share scheme, providing more cycle racks, and using technology to help locate spaces on campus. The University is also centrally engaged in Brighton & Hove City Council’s Travel Plan Partnership

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Posted on behalf of: Transport
Last updated: Monday, 13 March 2017