Lincolnshire motorists warned ahead of new on-street parking enforcement
Motorists are being warned to keep in between the lines when Lincolnshire County Council takes on new parking enforcement powers.
There will be around 20 enforcement officers patrolling the streets when the council takes responsibility for parking from December 3.
And these pictures taken this week in Lincoln show some of the wayward parkers who would receive a £50 or £70 fine under the new regime.
The biggest breaches of the rules include parking on double yellow lines, being too far away or over the kerb, obstructing loading bays and parking for too long in time-restricted spaces.
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To help motorists adjust to the new regime, the county council has produced a guide to remind people how to park carefully and considerably within the law.
It can be viewed online and downloaded by visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/cpe or can be posted to drivers for free by calling 01522 782070.
And in the two weeks prior to the change over, motorists at fault will be issued with warning notices as a reminder.
Mick Phoenix, parking services manager at the county council, said: "We expect to get powers from the Department for Transport at the end of November and it makes sense to start using them as soon as we can.
"By deterring inconsiderate parking, it will mean people looking to do some last-minute Christmas shopping can park more easily, using the limited waiting parking bays near shops.
"If you are worried that you're not sure what the signs and lines mean that indicate the restrictions, then please do check out our new parking manual, as they are all clearly explained."
And Brian Thompson, head of highways at the county council, added: "For the last five or ten years it's been common knowledge that the number of parking officers has decreased.
"And that's why people are mentally taking risk assessments when parking illegally as to whether or not it's worth getting caught."
Marcus Phillipson, a dad-of-two from Alexandra Terrace, in Lincoln, told the Echo that he often had trouble getting around town with his double buggy.
"There are always people parking too far over on the paths and trying to get a pram through the gap is a nightmare," he said.
"I always have to walk on the road which isn't safe at all."
For more information about the county council's parking enforcement, e-mail parking email@example.com.