Bolton Council is to start enforcing additional civil parking contraventions following complaints from members of the public and road safety concerns.
Motorists who double park their vehicle or park across a dropped kerb may now be in line for a £70 fine, discounted to £35 if payment is received within 14 days of issue.
Double parking is defined as parking alongside another parked car on the same side of the road, or parking more than 50cm from the kerb. Parking in this way can cause an obstruction to passing traffic and presents a potential road safety hazard. It can also restrict the movement of emergency service vehicles.
Dropped or lowered kerbs are provided at road junctions or busy crossing points to help pedestrians, disabled people and those with wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs cross the road more easily without having to negotiate an awkward step up onto the pavement. If a vehicle is parked over the dropped kerb, this benefit is lost and people would then have to find a less convenient, and possibly unsafe place to cross.
This new regulation applies to all motorists, including blue badge holders.
Executive cabinet member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “We try to avoid resorting to fining people wherever possible and we have fully considered alternative options, however, because this compromises road safety, we have decided that issuing penalty notices is the most appropriate way of deterring people from committing these offences.
“We appreciate that the vast majority of drivers are responsible and stay well within the law, but this is a serious issue, particularly for those with mobility problems, so we are asking people to co-operate.
“Our message to motorists is clear - if you don’t double park or park across a dropped kerb, you won’t get a fine.”
Enforcement of these civil parking regulations will be carried out by civil enforcement officers (CEOs) from NSL Ltd on behalf of Bolton Council.