Public to de­cide on yel­low lines

Sunday Express - - Front Page - By Owen Ben­nett

THE tyranny of traf­fic war­dens could soon be over af­ter the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced plans to give lo­cal peo­ple the right to de­cide where dou­ble yel­low lines should go.

The Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment to­day prom­ises to in­tro­duce a sys­tem where a pe­ti­tion from 50 res­i­dents would re­quire coun­cils to re­assess the suit­abil­ity of dou­ble yel­low lines and park­ing charges in their streets. The Gov­ern­ment be­lieves the mea­sures will help tackle coun­ter­pro­duc­tive park­ing re­stric­tions.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Eric Pick­les said: “Town cen­tres need to al­low for proper traf­fic flow but in­ces­sant yel­low lines, CCTV spy cars and trig­ger-happy park­ing war­dens make life un­bear­able for driv­ers look­ing for some­where to park when shop­ping.”

Re­search for the RAC Foun­da­tion dis­cov­ered that in 2012-13 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Eng­land made a profit of £594mil­lion from park­ing.

How­ever, the new pol­icy is is­sued only as “guid­ance”.

The DCLG said the Gov­ern­ment was ready to con­sider the case for leg­is­la­tion “if needed”.

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