Harrow’s Town Centre witnessed a crackdown on unruly scooter and moped riders, resulting in the issuance of 12 fines after a day of action by the Community Safety team.
The joint effort involving the police, Harrow BID, and council enforcement officers aimed to address the growing concerns regarding parking offences and breaches of the Public Spaces Protection Order.
During the operation, complaints flooded in regarding riders blocking pavements and footways outside restaurants and takeaways while waiting to collect orders. In response, officers engaged with businesses and scooter riders, providing them with information and advice on how to avoid obstructing pedestrian access.
The enforcement initiative delivered notable outcomes, including the issuance of 10 fines for scooter parking offenses. Additionally, two fines were imposed on scooter riders for violating the Public Spaces Protection Order.
In addition, authorities confiscated three bottles of wine and a significant quantity of beer in connection with the day’s activities.
The enforcement campaign also extended its efforts towards addressing other issues affecting the town centre. Engaging with rough sleepers, officials ensured their safety and directed them to appropriate areas.
Riders are now urged to make use of several safe parking sites strategically placed around the town centre. These designated areas provide convenient access to food outlets, ensuring a seamless experience for both riders and pedestrians. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in fines being imposed.
Cllr Anjana Patel, the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety at Harrow Council said: “This is about the safety of visitors who come to our town centre. While the majority comply and use the designated areas for riders, there are a handful who are still flouting the rules and causing a nuisance by blocking access for pedestrians.
”I’d like to thank our officers and partners who have been listening to our residents and ensuring businesses and riders are complying. We’ll continue to monitor the area and other high streets where this is an issue.”