PARKING attendants are playing a vital role in keeping traffic moving, according to Dorset Council.
The statement was made after several Lyme Regis residents took to social media to complain that a traffic warden was operating in the town on Thursday.
Many argued that traffic wardens were not key works, and therefore should not still be working, while others called for on-street parking regulations to be relaxed during the coronavirus lockdown.
A spokesperson for Dorset Council said: “Our parking attendants play a vital role in keeping traffic moving – which is more important than ever as we continue to enable key workers, emergency services and essential goods to travel freely through our roads.
“This is becoming increasingly challenging as we do our part and stay at home and cars compete for parking spaces on residential roads – some of which will have restrictions in place which should still be observed.
“We also need to monitor that essential dedicated parking bays for disabled drivers, ambulances, police vehicles and loading/unloading are not abused by inconsiderate drivers , and that taxi ranks and bus stops are not blocked.
“They are also on standby to assist the police and to be possibly diverted to other front-line duties to assist the public in these difficult times. Other officers in the team have for example, been utilised for the provision of drugs and medicines to vulnerable people, and the distribution of emergency food supplies.
“They are acting under guidelines from the government and Public Health England.”