Motorists could be allowed to park free of charge on double yellow lines for up to 15 minutes under plans being considered by the Government to help boost high street businesses (BBC News).
Under the proposals, drivers in England could be given a "grace period" to pick up goods from shops, or be permitted to leave their cars in bays for longer without being fined.
The BBC News report says that some councils already allow motorists to park free of charge for up to 30 minutes close to shops and Conservative ministers in the coalition Government are keen to extend that to give a shot in the arm to small shops. However, their Lib Dem coalition partners are understood to have reservations.
Speaking last month, Lib Dem transport minister Norman Baker said it would be wrong for ministers to interfere with councils’ parking policies. However, he confirmed the maximum and minimum fine levels that are set by the Government are to be reviewed.
The Local Government Association, which represents more than 300 councils in England and Wales, said double yellow lines "kept people safe and traffic moving" and there were "better ways" to attract people to high streets.
The AA said a thorough review of yellow line restrictions was needed to ensure they do not "run out of control".
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Many double lines are there for historical reasons and could be lifted. There is plenty of opportunity to ease back on the signs and lines in many places, giving drivers short-term waiting bays instead so they can stop briefly to buy a paper or loaf of bread.”
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