Councils to get more parking fine powersMinisters propose fines without signs

30 July 2008

'No parking' sign painted on the ground.

The government wants to make it easier for councils to fine drivers who block dropped kerbs or double park.

Earlier this year English councils were given the power to fine any motorist found breaking these parking rules.

However, currently local authorities have to highlight these restrictions with traffic signs or roads markings.

But ministers are now consulting on proposals to do away with this requirement.

Signs

It says the move will bring the rest of England into line with London - where signs aren't required – and will also help reduce 'street clutter'.

Transport Minister Rosie Winterton said: ‘Dropped footways are provided to help wheelchair users and those with powered mobility vehicles or prams get around easily and safely. They also allow residents to easily reach their garages or park on their driveways.

‘The Highway Code says that you should not stop or park in such places and we believe placing of traffic signs and/or road markings to indicate these restrictions should not be necessary - as is the case in London.

‘The same rules should apply to allow councils to enforce against double parking - a dangerous activity that causes an unnecessary obstruction of the road, putting all road users at risk.’