NEW PARKING LAWS COME INTO FORCE

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NEW PARKING LAWS COME INTO FORCE

Post  Admin on Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:49 am

New parking regulations take effect on Monday which could see offending motorists receiving parking tickets by post.
The move includes the name "parking attendants" being changed to "civil enforcement officers", larger fines for some offences and lower ones for others. In other words, every normal parking fine will be doubled or in some cases trebled, but, and here's the good news, if you park on a hedgehog, the fine will be deferred for a 3 month period, and only charged, if you offend again within that period for a normal offence, such as overstaying at a meter by more than 2 minutes.

The parking and traffic enforcement councils have set up a "one-stop shop" - in the form of a website called Patrol for those wanting information or wanting to pay or challenge a parking fine. In other words, it is a paying in site where you can be relieved of your money very quickly.
A new adjudication service, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal, will hear challenges against parking tickets. Instead of a panel of people, judging every case on its merit, the all new Traffic Penalty Tribunal, will just take off penalty points according to each broken rule, which they and they alone will decide if you have broken or not.
Transport minister Rosie Winterton said: "Parking rules exist to help beat congestion and improve road safety. These regulations will help make parking enforcement fairer, clearer and more open." Yes, of course they will, and they will also bring in a lot more money to the councils concerned.


Under the new framework, local authorities should ensure that parking attendants have clear evidence that a vehicle was parked in contravention of rules before issuing a penalty charge notice. Clear evidence being rigged timing of their cameras and watches.

The AA has issued a set of "10 Commandments" to accompany the new regulations, saying the new rules should not become an excuse to raise revenue, and that targets for fines income or the number of tickets issued should not be set. So the AA, the motorists guardians are actually standing up for us, for once? After they collect their fees for administering their advice on this they are?

Councillor David Sparks, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: "Everyone hates congestion and delays to their journey, and the new regulations will help councils deliver more effective parking management to improve traffic flow and make the roads safer for everybody." Isn't Councillor David Sparks just the kindest and caring person you have even met? He is honestly doing all this, to make our lives and our journeys better for us. It makes you want to gag doesn't it.
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Post  gingerlad on Tue Apr 01, 2008 9:46 am

I know what it makes me feel, it makes me feel that I want to get hold of the lot of them and tie them to bollards. Lets face it, they're not much use for anything else are they.
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