Power of Department to provide parking places

10.—(1) Where it appears to the Department to be necessary to do so, the Department may provide suitable parking places for vehicles in accordance with the provisions of this Article and Article 11.

(2) The Department may utilise any land which may be appropriated for the provision of parking places.

(3) The Department may take all such steps as may be necessary to adapt for use as a parking place any land, not being part of a road, which the Department may utilise under paragraph (2) or acquire under Article 110(2)(b)(iii) of the [1993 NI 15.] Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993.

(4) The Department may, subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), by order authorise the use as a parking place of any part of a road.

(5) An order under paragraph (4) shall not authorise the use of any part of a road—

(a)so as unreasonably to prevent—

(i)access to any premises adjoining the road; or

(ii)the use of the road by any person entitled to its use; or

(b)so as to be a nuisance.

(6) An order under paragraph (4) shall not be made in respect of any part of a road not maintainable by the Department without the consent of the person responsible for the maintenance of the road.

(7) Schedule 4 (which makes further provision relating to orders under this Article and Articles 13 and 15) shall have effect.

(8) For the purposes of this Part an underground parking place shall not be deemed to be part of a road by reason only of its being situated under a road.

(9) The powers of the Department to provide parking places under this Part include power to provide, on roads or elsewhere, cycle stands or racks.