March 7, 2015
Drivers in Burnham to get 10 minutes' grace to avoid parking penalties

Drivers in Burnham-On-Sea look set to be given a 10 minutes' grace period after a parking ticket runs out before they can be fined.

The concession will apply to on-street and off-street council parking spots in England under changes to the law - to include council car parks in the Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge area.

The government says the new rule will come into effect within the next few weeks and will "end the war on drivers."

It will apply to cars parked in pay-and-display bays or other spaces with time limits.

Sedgemoor District Council says its parking managers will be meeting over the next few days to consider when the change is introduced.

Residents and local firms will also be given the right to demand their council reviews parking in their area. There will also be an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said on Friday: "We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street by ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate, while also protecting schoolchildren and keeping key routes and bus lanes clear."

Guidance will also reinforce that councils cannot use parking to make a profit.


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