Fines for parking on double yellows to rise by £10

PUBLISHED: 12:39 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 26 October 2009

FINES for illegal parking are set to increase, writes Simon Wesson. Penalties dished out to motorists in Welwyn Hatfield will rise to £70 - an increase of £10 - for serious contraventions such as parking on double yellow lines. Less serious offences, such

FINES for illegal parking are set to increase, writes Simon Wesson.

Penalties dished out to motorists in Welwyn Hatfield will rise to £70 - an increase of £10 - for serious contraventions such as parking on double yellow lines.

Less serious offences, such as overstaying in a pay and display car park, would incur a £50 fine.

This two-tier system will replace the current flat rate charge of £60.

The 50 per cent discount for paying fines early will remain in place.

The recommendation to change was made by the borough council's cabinet and planning transportation panel at a meeting on Thursday.

Chris Conway, chief planning and environmental health officer, said: "To deter people from parking illegally it seems a sensible option to rise the prices."

Councillor John Nicholls agreed. He said: "In some places, near car parks, people park on yellow lines, etc because they know they can get away with it.

"When they do get caught, say now and then, the total cost doesn't cost them as much as it would to stay in the car park every day.

"So increasing the price can only help."

The panel's recommendation will go forward to cabinet for final approval. If rubber-stamped, the charges will come into force on March 31.

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