Parking – don’t be an April fool

New regulations controlling parking and roadworks come into to force from March 31st and April 1st.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has given local authorities extra powers from April 1st to issue licences for roadworks. It is hoped that this will help to prevent newly laid roads being dug up immediately and reduce disruption through the setting of time limits.

Monday March 31st sees a two tier system of fines for parking outside London – lesser offences such as overstaying a parking meter will attract a lower fine (currently £50) and offences such as parking on yellow lines and causing traffic congestion will attract a higher fine (currently £70).

Transport minister Rosie Winterton said: "We want to make life better for motorists.

"Ongoing roadworks and unclear parking enforcement are among road users’ biggest concerns. These new powers are designed to tackle both issues and are a key part of the government’s strategy to tackle congestion and keep traffic moving."

One of the most controversial aspects of the new parking regulations, however, is that local authorities can apply to the DoT to ticket motorists by post, rather than having to physically put the ticket on the vehicle windscreen. This will also enable CCTV cameras to record offences.

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