Rail Go-slow (Controlled Parking Zones)

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1968.

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Photo of Hon. Anthony Berry Hon. Anthony Berry , Southgate 12:00 am, 24th July 1968

asked the Minister of Transport what advice was given to motorists by his Department at the commencement of the rail go-slow concerning the parking of vehicles in the controlled parking zones in Central London.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Responsibility for traffic arrangements lay with the Commissioners of Police of the Metropolis and City. In support of their advice to motorists my right hon. Friend issued a Press notice on 27th June reiterating advice on parking and showing the area in which parking meter charges were suspended.

Photo of Hon. Anthony Berry Hon. Anthony Berry , Southgate

Was there not some ambiguity in that many people parked at residents' meters without realising that they were not in a free zone although other meter bays were? Will he ask the police to exercise their discretion with the utmost sympathy towards anyone who has been summoned because of this?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

The police were asked to exercise their discretion and I think that they did so, but I will certainly look into that. There was no ambiguity in the advice which my right hon. Friend gave in his Press notice.