New parking rules come into force

Gazette reporter Carla George tries out Lancashire County Council's latest traffic regulation

Gazette reporter Carla George tries out Lancashire County Council's latest traffic regulation

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AS if parking wasn’t hard enough!

New powers to tackle poor parking across the Fylde coast will come into force today.

Last month, Lancashire County Council, announced it would fine drivers who park 50cm from the kerb, on pavements blocking paths, or in front of drop kerbs.

Shoddy

A transition period of two weeks began in October and so far 35 people have already been warned about their shoddy parking – including one driver in Fylde.

But from today, enforcement officers will issue £70 fixed penalty notices to anyone who flouts the new regulations, but Blackpool will be exempt.

Lancashire County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said the scheme is intended to improve road safety and access for pedestrians.

He said: “If people are parking more than 50cm away they should have a look at their parking skills.

“If motorists are driving correctly they won’t have any issues at all.

“We have also had a lot of people complaining of drivers parking on drop kerbs and double parking, especially in areas of sheltered housing where emergency services struggle to gain access to properties.

“We have had very positive feedback from residents.”

Coun Ashton, who also represents Lytham, said traffic wardens will only target drivers who park badly and without consideration for other people.

He added: “There has been a two week grace period as we understand many people will not be aware the rules have changed so during that time we have been issuing warning notices rather than penalty charges for the first two weeks.

“The reason we have parking enforcement is to keep traffic moving and improve safety and these powers will be welcomed by every road user who is frustrated by inconsiderate parking.”