New style traffic wardens have been patrolling in west Cornwall.
Devon and Cornwall Police are handing over control of some traffic management from next week, although the force will still have some powers.
Civil enforcement officers (CEO) have been carrying out trial patrols on the streets of Camborne.
Officers will have the power to issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) and will also report any defective traffic signs or poor road markings to the council.
CEO Dave Robinson said inconsiderate drivers will not have an easy ride even if the police are taking a back seat.
"People who park inconsiderately can bring a whole town to a complete standstill - for the sake of just one car," he told BBC News.
"You've got to be there to sort the problems out, so we'll be carrying on the job done by the police."
The council will be responsible for on-street parking enforcement from 5 May.