New Laws Should Prevent Inconsiderate Parking

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New Laws Should Prevent Inconsiderate Parking

Cotswold District Council's parking team will use new powers from this winter to prevent motorists leaving their cars parked alongside dropped kerbs.

A dropped kerb is the place on a pavement or public footpath that has been specially lowered to the same level as the road for a short distance.

These are designed to make crossing the road easier and thanks to new powers from Government, Cotswold District Council's Civil Enforcement Officers will now be able to issue Penalty Charge Notices to any vehicles that obstruct these kerbs.

In the past, not parking alongside a dropped kerb has always been seen as a good driving habit. However, new legislation finalised this summer has now made the situation clearer and allows councils to carry out enforcement against any motorist who parks across a dropped kerb.

Cotswold District Council's Parking Services Manager Maria Wheatley said: "These changes in legislation are definitely needed to assist pedestrians who require access to cross the road.

"Now, our team of CEO's will be able to carry out enforcement action whenever they see this traffic contravention taking place."

Mary Grace, of the Access Group, said: "To comment personally, and I know I speak for all Group members, this enforcement can't come too soon. After the initial one week with warning notices, I hope it will be zero tolerance for anyone who parks across dropped kerbs in the Cotswolds."

The Council will initially be giving one week's grace to motorists from the beginning of December 2009 by issuing warning notices to anyone who parks adjacent to dropped kerbs. Following this, the Council's CEO's will have the power to issue instant tickets.

Posted : 28/11/2009 21:57:48

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