Posted: Wed 30th Mar 2016

Crackdown On Inconsiderate Parking

This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2016

Parking alongside a dropped kerb can put vulnerable road users such as wheelchair users, mobility vehicle users and people with prams and pushchairs at greater risk of being involved in a road traffic accident. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Conwy County Borough Council is to take action against inconsiderate motorists. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

From 1 April 2016 if you park on a dropped kerb or on access protection markings you will be given a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Action will also be taken if a vehicle with a blue-badge parks in a dangerous position on yellow lines, such as within 10 metres of a junction. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The crackdown will focus on busy congested areas where tactile paving or parking restrictions are in place and the parked vehicle is clearly causing problems for other members of the public. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Dave Cowans, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment & Sustainability said, “We decided to crack down on this inconsiderate behaviour because we regularly receive complaints from wheelchair users, residents and business owners not being able to gain access to the pavement or to their premises or can’t safely negotiate a road junction because someone has chosen to leave their car without any thought for other people.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He added, “The rule will also apply to Blue Badge holders, so we urge all drivers to show consideration for other road users.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The penalty for parking your vehicle alongside a dropped kerb, on access protection markings or on yellow lines in a dangerous position will be £35.00 if paid within 14 days (up to £70.00 afterwards). ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Link to The Highway Code: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Link to Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in Wales: http://gov.wales/docs/det/publications/130802bluerightsen.pdf ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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