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    Parking rules 'could spell chaos'
    New parking rules coming into force in England on 31 March will cause "some chaos" for drivers and see the number of fines soar, the AA has warned. Under the new system, there will be different levels of fine depending on the offence and where it is committed.
    In some areas, the penalty for the most serious breaches will rise by 20% and the body which adjudicates on fines says it is expecting more appeals.
    But the government insists the system will be fairer and "more transparent".
    In 2005, the most recent year for which figures are available, eight million parking tickets were issued in England and Wales, costing motorists hundreds of millions of pounds.
    Disabled bays
    The Traffic Management Act will create five different penalty bands each incorporating a higher and lower level. Each local authority in England will be subject to one of the five bands.
    The level of penalty imposed on drivers will depend on the offence in question.
    Lesser offences will include overstaying in a pay-and-display bay.

    It's a question of whether local authorities are geared up to do this
    Paul Watters, The AA

    More serious offences will include parking on double yellow lines or in a disabled bay.
    The AA estimates that three quarters of all offences will fall into the serious category.
    Paul Watters, from the organisation, told BBC Breakfast: "It's a question of whether local authorities are geared up to do this, whether they understand all the implications of the new rules, and whether motorists are going to find that authorities are acting fairly.
    "So it is quite a big change from one piece of legislation to the next.
    "There is a potential for some chaos, as authorities are going to have to run two systems together."
    Outside London there will be two bands. The charges will be:
    London already has three bands: For the first time, councils outside London will be able to issue fines by post using CCTV evidence.

    Local authorities outside London can issue fines by post if there is camera evidence
    Adjudicators given more powers to cancel fines in mitigating circumstances
    Increased discount period for fines sent by post - 21 days instead of 14
    Higher penalties for more serious offences, but smaller fines for less serious ones
    Quicker clamping and removal times
    Source: Department for Transport
    They will also be able to issue a penalty even when a motorist has driven away before a ticket can be physically placed on their car.
    Transport Minister Rosie Winterton said this was vital because "some people will drive away very quickly if they see a parking attendant approaching".
    "That can be dangerous for other drivers and it can be dangerous for pedestrians," Ms Winterton said.
    "So we'll be allowing traffic wardens to issue tickets even if somebody is in the process of driving away and that's a real safety issue."
    Right to appeal
    Councils will also be able to penalise actions such as parking next to a dropped kerb or parking too far away from the kerb.

    Very few motorists appear to realise they can appeal at all Yes No I'm not sure Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
    Story from BBC NEWS:
    "Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they turn away" (21:1)

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    Re: Parking rules 'could spell chaos'

    I have been a clumzy a few times and got about 4/5 parking tickets, over the last 10 years. But not anymore alhamdoulillah. But still these strict parking conditions are making life difficult for traders in londons inner cities and suburban areas too. I think its going a little over the top, especially if car parks are not made in the area, or sufficient parking space is made available for the high street.

    Anyway ....i really really hate wheel clampers and wheel clamping companies, these vermin are so annoying and they can charge you massive amounts of money , especially if your car is towed.
    "Closer and closer to mankind comes their Reckoning: yet they heed not and they turn away" (21:1)