Hartlepool is ahead of the game over new parking rules

CHANGES: The car park behind The Yorkshire Bank in Hartlepool.
CHANGES: The car park behind The Yorkshire Bank in Hartlepool.

HARTLEPOOL is leading the way when it comes to new parking regulations being introduced by the Government.

The new parking rules, which include over-staying drivers getting 10 minutes’ grace before they can be hit with a fine, are already in operation in Hartlepool.

We already operate a 10-minute grace period should motorists be a few minutes late getting back to their vehicles. We feel that this is fair and reasonable and have no plan to change this.

Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman

The incoming Government regulations – to “end the war on motorists” are also going to make CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines illegal, except in sensitive areas such as near schools and in bus lanes.

But Hartlepool Borough Council says that this is also already being adhered to, with the town’s camera car only targeting areas around schools and in bus stops.

A council spokesman said: “Although we are awaiting full details from the Government, on the information we have it would appear that these changes will not impact on Hartlepool to any great degree.

“Firstly, we already operate a 10-minute grace period should motorists be a few minutes late getting back to their vehicles. We feel that this is fair and reasonable and have no plan to change this.

“In terms of the Camera Car, its purpose is solely to improve road safety and it is predominantly used around schools and to monitor illegal parking in bus shops. It would appear that this is permitted under the changes.

“Since its introduction the Camera Car has been effective in improving road safety around schools, and we have received much praise from headteachers, residents and parents.

“We’ve also noticed a positive change in driver attitude, which has resulted in more drivers parking legally.”