Positive steps to prevent fly-parking
A team is out on patrol. Up and out by 5am in their eco-friendly, electric cars, they have one mission – to make sure Hinkley Point C workers use the dedicated park and ride facilities.
Fly-parking is not tolerated by Hinkley Point C and any worker flouting this vital part of their Code of Conduct could lose their site pass and, by default, their right to work on the project.
Working hand-in-hand with the local community, the fly-parking patrol is both proactive and reactive, following-up reports from local residents who believe Hinkley Point C workers may be parking their cars in side streets or lay-bys in the local area.
Employed by Somerset Passenger Solutions, the team of four, full-time fly-parking controllers carries out daily patrols to identify possible cases of fly-parking and investigate reports from residents.
The team patrols an area that covers between East Bridgwater and Williton, recording the location of the vehicles of potential offenders and taking photographic evidence to support the on-site warning process for repeat offenders.
Where a vehicle is proven to be fly-parking, the site adopts a ‘three strikes’ disciplinary process with escalation to higher levels of management at each stage. Ultimately this process can lead to the removal of an individual from the project. So far, four workers have been removed, but the system is working, as the team is receiving fewer reports.