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Lincolnshire motorists warned ahead of new on-street parking enforcement

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

  • With Lincolnshire County Council set to start parking enforcement on December 3, a new Parking Enforcement Procedures Manual has been produced for motorists.

  • Brian Thompson, head of highways at the county council

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Motorists are being warned to keep in between the lines when Lincolnshire County Council takes on new parking enforcement powers.

There will be around 20 enforcement officers patrolling the streets when the council takes responsibility for parking from December 3.

And these pictures taken this week in Lincoln show some of the wayward parkers who would receive a £50 or £70 fine under the new regime.

The biggest breaches of the rules include parking on double yellow lines, being too far away or over the kerb, obstructing loading bays and parking for too long in time-restricted spaces.

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To help motorists adjust to the new regime, the county council has produced a guide to remind people how to park carefully and considerably within the law.

It can be viewed online and downloaded by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/cpe or can be posted to drivers for free by calling 01522 782070.

And in the two weeks prior to the change over, motorists at fault will be issued with warning notices as a reminder.

Mick Phoenix, parking services manager at the county council, said: "We expect to get powers from the Department for Transport at the end of November and it makes sense to start using them as soon as we can.

"By deterring inconsiderate parking, it will mean people looking to do some last-minute Christmas shopping can park more easily, using the limited waiting parking bays near shops.

"If you are worried that you're not sure what the signs and lines mean that indicate the restrictions, then please do check out our new parking manual, as they are all clearly explained."

And Brian Thompson, head of highways at the county council, added: "For the last five or ten years it's been common knowledge that the number of parking officers has decreased.

"And that's why people are mentally taking risk assessments when parking illegally as to whether or not it's worth getting caught."

Marcus Phillipson, a dad-of-two from Alexandra Terrace, in Lincoln, told the Echo that he often had trouble getting around town with his double buggy.

"There are always people parking too far over on the paths and trying to get a pram through the gap is a nightmare," he said.

"I always have to walk on the road which isn't safe at all."

For more information about the county council's parking enforcement, e-mail parking services@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 20 2012, 6:00PM

    peak3 - If you think they will accrue that much money from fines in 22 days this year, imagine next year's party.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 19 2012, 10:02PM

    peek3 "oh dear i can see many delivery drivers & there companies paying a fortune in fines" Why,? It is perfectly legal to load and unload on double yellow lines unless there are loading/unloading restrictions indicated by 1,2 or 3 stripes marked on the kerb.

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  • InsideStory  |  October 19 2012, 6:44PM

    People don't need warning they just need to use a little less arrogance and obey the parking laws. Simples . I hope it also apply's to mobility drivers who park where they shouldn't.

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  • peak3  |  October 19 2012, 6:21PM

    oh dear i can see many delivery drivers & there companies paying a fortune in fines, i wonder if the enforcement officers will be around between 7am & 10am in the city, im sure the officers will have a field day & you can bet they will get a percentage in the wage packet for every fine they write out, no doubt the enforcement department will have a bumper staff christmas party this year.

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  • Trigger77  |  October 19 2012, 9:55AM

    Whilst I do not have an issue with parking enforcement in general it needs to be implemented alongside a realistic view of what the unintended consequences may be. For instance if I need to nip into town to grab something which may only take 10 minutes is it realistic to expect me to try and find a parking space in a council car park then pay the far too high parking charges when I could probably buy the same item cheaper and with free delivery using the internet. There are far too few short stay free spaces that are not labelled disabled only and I can only see this enforcement drive pushing more and more people to the internet. Now if the county council and city councils had some sort of integrated thinking and had introduced the new enforcement alongside additional free short stay parking or even making the first 30-60 mins parking at council car parks free then I think it could have been a win-win.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  October 19 2012, 9:47AM

    "This must be the third time at least that this story has been run, so at least no-one can say they haven't been warned." Yes they can. People who don't read the Echo or look at this website, for example. That aside, I'd like to see them target the selfish school runners who think the fact they've got their kids in the car gives them carte blanche to park anywhere they like.

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  • VictorToo  |  October 19 2012, 8:27AM

    This must be the third time at least that this story has been run, so at least no-one can say they haven't been warned. Can I add to the list Newton Street, where despite double yellow lines, bollards and a sign painted on the pavement to leave the exits clear, people are still parking in front of two sets of gates, obstructing the exit for both motorists and cyclists.

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