On December 1 2018 on-street parking enforcement is changing in Gosport.
In line with changes in the law Hampshire Constabulary will no longer operate a traffic warden, and will not be proactively patrolling in relation to on-street parking offences. This is an interim measure until parking in Gosport is de-criminalised.
The town is the last area in Hampshire which has not currently de-criminalised on-street parking enforcement in line with parliamentary recommendations. This is a matter that Gosport Borough Council will progress and in due course this will become a civil, rather than criminal offence.
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 (section 46) removes the power for the police to appoint traffic wardens. It also removes the additional powers of traffic wardens operated by the police as of December 1 2018.
Between December 1 and the point at which parking in Gosport is de-criminalised, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will retain the power to issue fixed penalty notices for on-street parking offences if necessary.
In line with other areas of Hampshire officers will not deploy to, or specifically patrol for, on-street parking offences. However if Neighbourhood Policing Team officers on regular patrols spot a specific on-street parking issue, or ongoing anti-social behaviour issues relating to a parking dispute are reported to us, action may be taken.
Other parking issues or abandoned vehicles can continue to be reported to Gosport Borough Council’s Streetscene Enforcement Team in the usual way on Freephone 08000 198598 or by email at email@example.com