May sees surge in parking officer attacks

Parking enforcement officers are seeing an increase in attacks following a peaceful month in which not a single incident was recorded.

East Sussex County Council is again calling on motorists to treat civil parking enforcement officers with respect as they go about their job in Lewes, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rother.

A similar plea in January this year was followed by a reduction in incidents, including April where there was not a single attack.

Sadly, in May alone there have been four serious incidents with one officer being pushed to the floor.

Cllr Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment said: “We know that the majority of motorists treat parking enforcement officers with respect and appreciate that they have a job to do.

“Unfortunately, a minority of people believe it’s ok to verbally and physically assault officers who are trying to keep the county’s roads clear and safe, and that is just not acceptable.”

She added: “There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of behaviour. If you don’t want to be asked to move your vehicle or get a fine, don’t park in breach of clearly marked restrictions – it is that simple.”

Civil enforcement officers play an important role in ensuring people park safely and sensibly, helping to reduce congestion and maintain traffic flow and access.

Information about parking restrictions in place across the county is available at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/parking