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.

Stephen Jury


May 6, 2009