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Drivers could be facing £70 fines
3:20pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
INCONSIDERATE drivers are being warned to buck up their ideas or face being slapped with fines of up to £70.
In the absence of traffic wardens, illegal parking has gone largely unchecked for years in Malvern – with police admitting they have not had the resources.
But that is now set to change from Tuesday, November 12, when Malvern Hills District Council takes control of enforcement and sends its newly recruited traffic wardens out on patrol.
The change means anyone parking on double yellow lines, blocking disabled bays or time-restricted spaces can expect to be hit in the pocket with a fine of £50 or £70 – depending how serious the offence is.
Head of community services Ivor Pumfrey said the move is intended to ease congestion and improve road safety.
“The regulations are in place to improve our roads for drivers and pedestrians alike,” he said. “They mean that there is a quicker turnover of parking spaces and help to encourage the use of specific parking spaces and bays, including those for taxis, loading and people with disabilities.”
“The key difference from November 12 is that most parking contraventions will no longer be a criminal matter, but civil enforcement officers will issue penalty charge notices if the regulations are breached. Please take care over where you leave your vehicle.”
As we have reported, traders in both Great Malvern and Link Top are lobbying for time limits to be extended on road-side parking spaces in their areas. They fear people will be driven away by fear of being fined if they overstay by a few minutes.
While it is the district council that will be enforcing parking, it is Worcestershire County Council that sets parking limits and councillors are currently working with officers there to see what can be done.
Full details of the regulations are online at malvernhills.gov.uk/cms/ transport-and-streets/civil- parking-enforcement.aspx.
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