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CPZ Controlled Parking Zones

The Bedford Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is an area where parking regulations have been introduced to deal with a range of parking problems. Designated parking bays are provided with signs indicating their use. Yellow line restrictions – single and double - apply outside the designated bays.

Enforcement of the bays and lines is carried out by the Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers. Only a vehicle displaying a parking permit, a valid pay-and-display ticket, a Visitor Voucher or a Disabled Badge can park in the designated bays. Go to the Permits page for further details and application forms.

Advantages of the CPZ:

The Council believes the controlled parking zone will bring the following advantages:

  • It allows for a fair distribution of parking spaces for local residents by removing commuter parking. This is achieved by the creation of a permit-parking scheme.
  • It creates a more pleasant residential environment due to the reduction in vehicles looking for a parking space in your street.
  • There should be a reduction in traffic congestion in general with a corresponding reduction in pollution and improved public transport reliability.
  • Visitors, doctors/medical staff can find parking more easily.
  • There is a greater turnover of parking spaces in shopping areas to the benefit of local traders and shoppers.
  • As the CPZ is required to be self-financing, it will not be funded from local taxation and any surpluses will be used to fund improvements to alternative modes of transport, particularly public transport.
  • Pedestrian and highway safety is improved by a reduction in illegal parking on yellow lines.
  • There is an improvement in security as Civil Enforcement Officers are conspicuous as they patrol the streets.

However the Council recognises that there are some disadvantages with the CPZ:

  • Residents, businesses, visitors and shoppers need to pay for on-street parking.
  • Commuter parking may be displaced to other areas outside the controlled parking zone.
  • It does not protect residents' parking space outside the controlled parking zone's hours of operation.
  • It does not guarantee parking space immediately outside individual properties.

Contraventions in CPZ

If a vehicle is parked in contravention of a Traffic Regulation Order (eg by parking in the wrong place or failing to display a valid parking permit/ticket) the vehicle would be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) with the charge being £70 or £50 depending on the nature of the contravention.

CPZ parking capacity

View details of parking spaces available within the Controlled Parking Zone (Excel, 311KB).

CPZ areas

Zone A - Click to view map of Zone A (PDF)

Zone B - Click to view map of Zone B (PDF)

Zone C - Click to view map of Zone C (PDF)

Zone D - Click to view map of Zone D (PDF)

Zone E - Click to view map of Zone E (PDF)

Zone F - Click to view map of Zone F (PDF)

Zone G - Click to view map of Zone G (PDF)

Zone H - Click to view map of Zone H (PDF)

Zone J - Click to view map of Zone J (PDF)

Zone K - Click to view map of Zone K (PDF)

Zone L - Click to view map of Zone L (PDF)

Zone M - Click to view map of Zone M (PDF)

Zone N - Click to view map of Zone N (PDF)