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Paying The Price for Inconsiderate Parking

Friday 26th March

Inconsiderate drivers face a penalty charge for double parking or parking alongside dropped kerbs and driveways under new powers Bedford Borough Council has announced.

The powers, which form Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, are being introduced to tackle problem parking following complaints from residents across the borough. Problems caused by unauthorised parking include:

Creating Safety risks for other drivers and pedestrians

Preventing refuse collections

Preventing emergency access

As well as enabling powers to hand out fines on the spot, the legislation means that drivers can be issued with a penalty charge notice by post, in appropriate circumstances, including leaving the scene before the penalty charge notice has been served.

Commenting, Cllr Charles Royden, Environment Portfolio Holder said:

“Inconsiderate drivers can cause a blight on their local area. They also pose a significant safety risk where they prevent access for emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire engines. We’re using these powers to make sure these drivers clean up their act, making our roads safer for us all.”

It is no longer the case that drivers can simply get in their car and drive off to avoid a fine. From April 1st we will be issuing penalty charges by post to those who persist in parking in a hazardous way.”

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