Motorists parking unlawfully in the newly introduced taxi ranks in Pontypridd town centre will be targeted in a new crackdown operation organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and South Wales Police.
Following news of the £10.7 million investment programme in Pontypridd Train Station by Network Rail it was agreed to find new provision for the existing taxi rank in the forecourt as materials will be stored at that location.
However, since the taxi rank has been relocated along upper Taff Street hire vehicles have been unable to park there as other motorists are flouting the law and parking in the designated area. Parking bays are available throughout the entire town centre for motorists to park in freely after 4pm each day.
The Council agreed to enforce the new taxi rank outside the B & M Bargains store in Taff Street. A Traffic Regulation Order identifying this area as a taxi rank from 6pm to 7am took effect from February 17th 2014.
Therefore through a joint-partnership approach, a series of operations will take place during the early evenings on forthcoming weekends. This could result in Penalty Charge Notices for motorists who park unlawfully in areas designated for taxis only.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said: “We recognise how important public transport – whether bus, train or taxi – is to those who visit Pontypridd and want to ensure that while the regeneration work is undertaken at the railway station disruption to passengers will be minimized.
“This can only be achieved with the full co-operation of private motorists and taxi drivers alike as we introduced a designated area in Taff Street to accommodate the needs of the public.
“Unfortunately many motorists flout this law and are parking in the designated taxi rank. This inevitably can cause a great deal of problems in the town centre which is unnecessary and therefore we are planning a highly-visible campaign to crackdown on unlawful parking in the town centre during the evenings.
“Any private vehicle motorists who do not comply and park within the designated taxi rank will be liable to receive a warning or a penalty by the Council’s Civil Parking Enforcement Officers.”
As work is undertaken at the train station a single lane is being kept open to allow passengers to be dropped off / picked up at the entrance and limited disabled parking spaces will be retained. The bus service to the station is unaffected. A daytime taxi rank is operation from Sardis Road car park.
Pontypridd town centre has undergone a widespread regeneration project thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. This significant investment into the streetscape and townscape took place following the Council securing financial support from the Welsh Government through the European Regional Development Fund and Targeted Match Funding, alongside Council and private sector contributions.
It was delivered alongside a host of other public and private sector investment programmes. For further details visit www.loveponty.com