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New powers to tackle illegal parking introduced

Wed, 06 May 2009
Local authorities across England are to gain new powers to tackle motorists who park illegally from next month, it has been revealed.

The government announced councils will be able to dish out penalty charge notices to people who leave their vehicles next to dropped kerbs or double-parked, regardless of whether or not there are road markings or signs in place highlighting such restrictions.

It explained the move should make highways safer and allow access to people who need it.

Transport minister Paul Clark claimed double parking is dangerous as it creates an unnecessary obstruction.

He added: "Dropped kerbs are there to help wheelchair users and those with powered mobility vehicles or prams get around easily and safely."

Mr Clark also pointed out the Highway Code clearly prohibits parking in such places.

In other motoring news, the Department for Transport recently warned drivers against texting while on the road as it unveiled a new Think! campaign.

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