FERMANAGH and Omagh District Council is reintroducing off-street car parking enforcement and charges in the Council-operated pay and display car parks from Wednesday July 1 2020.
The decision to reintroduce off-street car parking enforcement and charges at Council operated pay and display car parks was taken following the Minister for Infrastructure’s decision to resume on-street car parking enforcement and car parking charges from June 29 2020.
In recognising the need to give people time to prepare and to make them aware of the change, the Council is implementing a seven-day warning period as part of the reintroduction of off-street parking enforcement and charges.
Warning notices will be issued by traffic attendants from Wednesday 1 July for a period of seven days, however from Wednesday 8 July, Penalty Charge Notices will be issued for breach of off-street parking regulations.
Speaking about the change, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Chris Smyth, said: “The easing of some restrictions by the Northern Ireland Executive has enabled more people to return to work and permitted more retailers to reopen. As a consequence, we are seeing more traffic on the roads and greater numbers of motorists using town centre car parks.
It is critical that we support our local businesses at this time to help our local economy recover and it is important that car parking spaces are available to support that recovery.”
Continuing, Councillor Smyth added, “I would encourage drivers to make use of the cashless parking app as an additional precaution to reduce the need to handle money when using the pay and display machines. If you are unable to use the app, I would urge drivers to practise good hand hygiene as advised by the Department of Health and carry hand sanitiser in their vehicles.”
The cashless car parking app at the 13 off-street pay and display car parks operated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is provided by JustPark.
To use JustPark, motorists will need to register their vehicle and method of payment details at justpark.com or by downloading the JustPark app. Once registered, you can pay for and manage your parking using your mobile phone, mobile app or online.
The Council had previously suspended off-street car parking charges from 6pm on Thursday 26 March due to the lockdown restrictions put in place to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.