Friday, August 9, 2013
Proposals that could lead to drivers being given 15-minutes grace on double-yellow lines in towns like Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have been denounced as ‘unworkable’.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles had suggested that motorists be given a 15-minute window, allowing them to park on double yellow lines while they pop into a shop.
Some motorists have complained that they have been given parking tickets by ‘over zealous’ traffic wardens.
And last year, East Devon District Council’s Vitality of High Streets and Town Centres report identified parking availability and pricing as vital in boosting East Devon’s economy.
But Mr Pickles’ plans have come under fire from local authorities, road safety campaigners and even drivers’ groups who described them as dangerous and flawed.
The Local Government Association said that double yellow lines were there to prevent accidents and keep traffic flowing.
They added that introducing the 15-minute window would be impossible to monitor as well as costly to introduce.
Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the LGA’s Economy and Transport Board, said: “Removing parking restrictions on these parts of the road could jeopardise the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists and create further traffic jams.”