Around 70% of traffic wardens in NI on furlough during Lockdown

Around 70 percent of Traffic Attendants have been furloughed in NI during this Lockdown, the Minister for Infrastructure has revealed.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 5:01 pm

In a response to Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart who asked for parking attendants to be ‘stood down’ during Lockdown, Minister, Nicola Mallon said parking enforcement had been ‘scaled back’.

Mrs Lockhart had said previously: ““Our towns are dead and what little footfall there is it is essential that people are not fearful of getting a ticket.”

Minister for Infrastructure Nicola Mallon said: “Firstly, I would like to express my support for businesses, and I would want to do what I can to support them during these very difficult times.

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“During the first lockdown it was evident that some drivers took advantage of the absence of TAs, as there were instances of hazardous and irresponsible parking, some of which compromised road safety and impacted on traffic progression.”

She said she was aware of the difficult trading conditions along with the reduced traffic volumes and decided to scale back the parking enforcement during lock-down.

“Parking restrictions will remain in place, and a small team of TAs will continue to be deployed on a priority basis to locations where they can contribute most to road safety and traffic progression.

“As a consequence the Department’s enforcement service provider, NSL, has furloughed approximately 70% of their TAs.”

Carla Lockhart

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