§ The Minister for Transport in London (Mr. Steve Norris)
We aim to have all the necessary regulations and procedural rules in place in time to enable parking enforcement to begin in special parking areas from 1 July this year.
§ Dr. Twinn
I congratulate my hon. Friend on that welcome news. Does he agree that it is very good news for Londoners as a whole? Parking regulations will now be properly enforced on the basis of local knowledge—and, 649 I hope, removed when they are not really necessary—all at no cost to council tax payers, provided that they do not park illegally.
§ Mr. Norris
My hon. Friend is right. The boroughs themselves asked for the parking areas, which will give them more control, enable them to manage their own problems in their own areas and ensure that the resources released will be available for better enforcement on the priority route programme and elsewhere.