Lincolnshire County Council gives out parking advice

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Drivers have been urged to be aware of signs and lines when parking as a council prepares to take over enforcement powers.

Lincolnshire County Council will become responsible for handing out parking fines on December 3.

The council has produced a manual to advise drivers how they can park safely.

The leaflet also points out the various signs and lines that restrict parking and that could lead to fines.

Parking services manager Mick Phoenix said: “We’re sure that people are getting used to the idea that parking restrictions will be enforced more regularly from December 3.

“We want to do all we can to help explain what these restrictions include. Everyone will know they can’t park on double yellow lines, but may not know this means they can’t park on the adjacent pavement or grass verge either.

“Motorists also need to be aware they can’t block access to dropped kerbs, designed to help those with wheelchairs, pushchairs or bikes to cross the road more safely.

“Don’t risk getting a ticket, just make sure you’re 100 per cent confident that you’re parking safely, considerately and within any parking restrictions.

“Please don’t think that if you leave your hazard lights on, or a note on your windscreen, you won’t get fined – tradespeople, in particular, do need to know this. Check for signs and lines and you will be fine.”

The council’s executive member for highways and transportation, Coun William Webb, added: “We are one of the last places in the country to apply for these powers, something the government is encouraging all local authorities to do.

“This isn’t about making any money, this is about helping to keep people moving safely, reducing congestion and inconsiderate parking, along with supporting those businesses with parking bays nearby.”

Rutland County Council took over parking enforcement powers from the police a number of years ago.