Chelmsford City Council has reassured motorists that much of its parking enforcement has been relaxed, with priority given to ensuring safe and clear access for emergency vehicles.
The council says it has adjusted the level of patrols in response to the measures announced by the government meaning that its civil enforcement officers (CEOs) are focusing the patrols on issues which compromise safety.
This could be critical routes, areas where inconsiderate parking stops the safe movement of traffic and areas where inconsiderate parking stops safe access for emergency vehicles, and other essential services such as waste and recycling lorries.
Some officers have been set up to work from home and will respond to areas where significant parking problems are causing traffic.
People can still report a parking issue online. However, until further notice, the council will only deal with requests that are considered to be an emergency and are absolutely essential to maintain the free flow of traffic on primary routes.
Meadows Retail, and Townfield Street car parks have been closed from today (March 26).
High Chelmer car park will now only be open from 6.30am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday. It will be closed at weekends.
The council has also launched a new parking dispensation scheme for food delivery companies during the coronavirus outbreak.
A statement from the council said: “Chelmsford City Council has been requested by the police to help maintain clear access and free flowing traffic to ensure that key workers, deliveries, public service vehicles and emergency vehicles are still able to move efficiently.
“Much of the enforcement has been relaxed and our wardens are being guided by the police and only prioritising main routes and areas which, if parking restrictions are not adhered to, would cause serious danger to other road users and pedestrians.”