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Parking restrictions to start as on-street parking locations

Parking, roads and transport

04 April 2022

Electric car charging point

Parking restrictions and enforcement are being introduced at the new on-street electric vehicle charging bays in North Northants.

In January 2022, on-street electric vehicle charging points were installed at seven locations across North Northants as part of the council’s partnership with the Virgin Park and Charge (VPACH2) project.

Each location has four parking bays. To minimise the impact on parking availability in the short term – two bays are for electric vehicles (including hybrid) only while two bays can accommodate either electric or non-electric vehicles.

The enforcement will be for the electric only bays – marked ‘Electric Vehicles Only’ - and will start on:

April 8

  • Wellingborough, Castle Road
  • Wellingborough, Knox Road
  • Thrapston, Highfield Road
  • Kettering, Telford Way
  • Kettering, Linnell Way

April 18

  • Higham Ferrers, Newman Street
  • Rushden, York Road

To give residents time to adjust to the new parking arrangements, drivers who flout the parking restrictions during the first two weeks following enforcement will be issued with warning notices, rather than a Penalty Charge Notice.

This is an excellent project to roll out the provision of on-street electric charging points making sure that electric vehicles are accessible to more people, especially those without off-street parking and those visiting our town centres.

It’s essential that people have access to these charging points so that they will be able to take full advantage of this infrastructure. There is nothing more frustrating for an electric car driver than to find the charging point taken by a petrol or diesel vehicle, which may leave them unable to charge.
Cllr Graham Lawman, the council’s Executive member for Highways, Travel and Assets,
Our drive to be carbon neutral by 2030 is a major priority for the council and the provision of electric charging points on-street is a key part of that. But it’s important that people have access to them, hence this next step of the project.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council,