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Tougher punishments for parking offenders in Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Council’s transport and environment committee has approved a proposal that will see vehicles clamped if they accumulate ten or more unpaid parking tickets during a three-month period.

Vehicles who reach 15 parking tickets, even if they have been paid, may be towed away. Persistent offenders will also lose their grace periods often given by enforcement officers at the start of the day on some single yellow lines and in public parking bays.

The current penalty fee is £30, and the Scottish Government will not allow councils to increase it. But in some parts of Edinburgh the cost of a day’s parking can be £30 or more.

“Many vehicle owners drive and park responsibly so they get angry at those drivers who seem to treat parking fines as little more than a parking charge and who regularly flout double yellow lines,” Green Party councillor Chas Booth said. “Some people regard the price of getting a ticket as the price of parking in the city centre.

“Obviously we have a problem because the Scottish Government won’t allow us to increase the price of a ticket. What we can do within our powers is we can uplift some of these vehicles. Most of the drivers are terrified of their vehicle being uplifted – so let’s clamp down on this.”

Drivers who have their vehicle towed have to pay £150 to get it released, plus the penalty fee, and some councils also charge a daily storage fee. At the moment, only untaxed vehicles are regularly clamped across Scotland, by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency.

In the past 12 months, 1,505 vehicles were issued with ten or more fines, which have been paid. Over the same time period, 200 vehicles have accumulated at least ten unpaid tickets.

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7th of January 2020