posted 6 years ago

Motorists To Save High Street By Parking On Double-Yellow Lines?

Proposal To Allow Motorists To Park On Double-Yellow Lines

The Government might soon permit motorists to park on double-yellow lines in an effort to boost high street sales. This proposal – which comes from the Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles – would create a fifteen minute “grace period” for people to park their vehicles without charge close to shops. Short overstays in traditional parking bays might be overlooked too. These changes could attract the type of motorist that is currently put-off by inconvenient and expensive parking, plus the threat of inflexible traffic wardens. However, this Conservative Party proposal – or so The Telegraph has reported – is not popular with some Liberal Democrats who claim it is “unworkable”. Political horseplay within the coalition might therefore be required before it becomes law, which could be within months. The initiative might therefore be accompanied by considerably higher fines for dangerous/illegal parking. These are currently limited to only seventy pounds outside the capital city and to one-hundred and thirty pounds within.

Source Close To Mr Pickles Discusses Double-Yellow Line Proposal

The Telegraph also reported that a source close to Mr Pickles said: "The High Street is in danger of shrinking or dying-off and over-aggressive parking enforcement is part of the reason why. If people are worried about paying a fortune in parking fines, it will make them more likely to do their shop online or go to out of town shopping centres.

Double-Yellow Line Proposal – The Advantages And Disadvantage

If this double-yellow rule change is implicated the country might win and lose. Let us consider why. Clearly, shoppers are more likely to spend in high streets if they can park conveniently for free knowing that traffic wardens have a little wiggle room. This, of course, could benefit the shops that are struggling to cope with challenging economic conditions and competition from the internet. In turn, more profitable shops would benefit the economy overall. But what about traffic flow? Double-yellow lines suggest that parked cars might create congestion and hazards in the area – and whereas these effects might be minor in some places they might be devastating in others. They could lead to gridlock and that would certainly be bad for the economy, the environment, motorists and shops. Also, it might make life hard for traffic wardens who – without the help of tickets/meters – would find it hard to establish how long cars have sat outside shops. Some people might therefore park on double-yellows for hours rather than minutes. Clearly, it is tricky to know whether or not this proposal would lead to a net gain.