Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]100 Fine for Parking More Than 50cm from the Kerb; WARDENS TO BE ISSUED WITH RULERS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]100 Fine for Parking More Than 50cm from the Kerb; WARDENS TO BE ISSUED WITH RULERS

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Byline: ROB MCNEIL;DAVID WILLIAMS;DAVID WILLIAMS;MARK WILKINSON

MOTORISTS who park too far from the kerb are to become the latest victims of the ever-increasing power of the nation's traffic wardens after plans for a new [pounds sterling]100 fine were revealed.

Drivers all over the country who are found to have parked more than 50cm (19.5in) from the pavement will be liable for the charges under the government's new Traffic Management Bill.

Wardens will be issued with rulers to allow them to measure accurately the distance a driver has parked from the pavement.

Councils in London are already able to enforce the rule, but the Bill will cover the entire country from 2006.

Councils in the capital make [pounds sterling] 65million a year from parking charges and the Bill, which will also allow councils to use CCTV images to fine people parking on yellow lines, is expected to increase that figure significantly.

Paul Watters from the AA said: "It's another petty rule. Some traffic wardens will enforce it too vigorously."

In addition, under plans unveiled by Transport Secretary Alistair Darling, attendants will also fine motorists who block yellow box junctions, perform illegal U-turns, flout no-right-turn signs and use bus or cycle lanes. These powers will come into force in London in April and become law in the rest of the country by the end of the year.

The announcement came as a survey revealed that more than nine in 10 motorists ignore key parking laws, according to a new survey. One in three drivers also admit to having had a row with a parking attendant.

One in 20 admit to parking in red routes - even though they know it is illegal - while a third of drivers in the survey admit parking frequently on double yellow lines. The findings are the result of a major poll of drivers by RAC Motoring Services. …

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