Fines on the way for drivers who block dropped-kerb crossings or double-park.
Tougher new parking rules are on their way. From next month, anyone who double-parks, or leaves their car opposite a dropped kerb, will be in line for a standard fixed-penalty ticket.
These rules have been in force for those driving in London for some time – and the current Highway Code makes it clear that either is a no-no. But the Department for Transport is now giving local councils the power to issue tickets across the UK. Previously, you’d get a ticket only if you disobeyed a specific no-parking sign.
Transport Minister Paul Clark said the move would enable wheelchair users and mums with prams, among others, to use and cross the road more safely.