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Parking patrols go green 5.02.10

Sutton's Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are taking to the saddle this month in a bid to deliver a greener, leaner service.

Parking patrols go green - picture shows person on bike

CEOs, (previously known as traffic wardens), will carry out their parking patrols by bicycle in a new initiative starting on 15 February.

Switching to two wheels will allow them to get around the borough faster and cover more ground than on foot, enhancing their patrols and helping to keep the roads safe for both drivers and pedestrians.

The patrol car will now be used less, cutting down on fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions. The council is working to reduce CO2 emissions from its fleet of vehicles by 50 per cent by 2017, as part of its One Planet Action Plan.

Sustainability is at the heart of the council's transport initiatives and residents and staff are encouraged to use environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever possible. The Smarter Travel Sutton project has increased cycling rates by 75% in the borough over the last three years.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for the Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"Cycling levels have rocketed in Sutton over the last three years thanks to residents' commitment to cycling and now our CEOs are the latest to follow the trend.

"These new bikes will help us to provide a better service while also making Sutton cleaner and greener.

"Here in Sutton we have a firm but fair approach to parking and indeed issue the lowest number of tickets in London. Our CEOs are there to make sure we keep our busy road network moving but recognise the importance of a common sense approach to parking issues."

Tim Cowen from NSL, which provides Sutton's CEOs, commented: "We are delighted Sutton is supporting sustainable transport in this way. Efficiently-delivered on street parking management helps reduce pollution from vehicles. If we can be greener as we deliver that service so much the better."

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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