New plan for bad parkers
DANGEROUS parkers will be left with an enforcement ticket on their windscreen as part of a new campaign.
The scheme, being run by neighbourhood policing teams and councillors, hopes to educate drivers who park on double yellow lines and other inconvenient spots.
The Think Before You Park campaign will target motorists who leave their cars near a school entrance, on pavements, close to a bus stop and opposite a traffic island or another parked car.
Drivers who stop on cycle lanes or block another vehicle will also be left with the leaflet on their cars.
Councillor Emma Faramarzi, who represents Priory Vale ward, came up with the project a year ago at a north locality meeting.
Her area had been plagued with drivers leaving their cars on pavements and blocking the path of users of pushchairs and wheelchairs. Other problems were caused by motorists parking on both sides of roads, limiting space for drivers to get through.
“We have put together a friendly community notice to appeal to people to be good citizens,” said Coun Faramarzi.
She said many motorists in her ward parked on roadsides and left their driveways empty.
“I would rather not go down the double yellow lines route as we have a problem with a lack of parking spaces in this ward,” added Coun Faramarzi.
The leaflets could appear on people’s car as early as this week.
Councillor Oliver Donachie, who is also chairman of the North Swindon police tasking group, plans to use the enforcement notices for his Haydon-Wick ward. He said as there were only a few ticket inspectors working in north Swindon, the flyers would be central to the drive to educate drivers.
“The first phase will be all about education, but in the future drivers could be fined up to £30,” said Coun Donachie.
“It has taken some time and many meetings to arrive at a stage where something can be done to dissuade drivers from parking badly in North Swindon.
“I am looking forward to these leaflets being used so we can gauge the effectiveness of them.”
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