Tory plan to give shoppers 15 minutes free parking on double yellow lines

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A Cabinet minister’s proposal to allow shoppers to park for 15 minutes on double yellow lines has been dismissed by a Coalition junior minister as ‘dangerous and unworkable’.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, a Tory, suggested the scheme as a way to help ailing retailers.

But transport minister Norman Baker, whose Liberal Democrat colleagues actually want to increase parking charges, claimed the plan would increase congestion and drive people away.
Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

Free for all: Motorists would not be hit with fines if they leave their car on double yellow lines for up to quarter of an hour

He said: ‘The idea of actually having cars parked for a very long period of time on a double yellow line undermines the purposes of the yellow line and I’m advised it’s unworkable. They are there for a reason, often for safety reasons.’

He added: ‘I’m not in favour of motorists who park illegally, blocking parking spaces for those who want to use them properly.’

But sources close to Mr Pickles argue that parking fines are doled out too eagerly, and are partly responsible for killing off the high street.
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