Government May Cut Parking Fines to Kill Council's Cash Cows

By Gary Cutlack on at

Minor parking rule breaches might soon be treated with equally minor financial penalties, with the government said to be thinking of asking councils to lower the minimum fixed fees levied on tiny driving offences like spending five minutes too long trudging around your depressed high street.

The proposed changes would see a five minute "grace period" introduced before your local ticket man can hit you with a charge for outstaying your bay's welcome, plus the use of CCTV images to trap drivers could be outlawed too. This odd relaxation of some forms of driver punishment is designed to help the UK's fine system look a little more sensible, as some petty parking infringements can currently result in higher fines than more serious speeding offences. [BBC]

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