Almost 100 fines issued in first month

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Almost 100 tickets were issued to drivers in South Holland in the first month of new civil parking enforcement.

A new team of 20 enforcement officers started work across Lincolnshire on December 3, and between then and the end of 2012, issued 98 tickets in South Holland.

The district saw the lowest number of tickets handed out, with the highest number – 2,445 – in the City of Lincoln area, followed by 668 in South Kesteven.

There were also 477 issued in the Boston Borough Council area, 206 in East Lindsey, 168 in North Kesteven and 160 in West Lindsey.

In total the new officers handed out 4,222 tickets.

The busiest day for the enforcement officers in South Holland was – maybe unsurprisingly – Saturday, December 22 as shoppers crowded into town centres to buy last minute Christmas essentials and gifts.

On that day 31 tickets were issued.

December 11 and 12 also saw 15 and 22 tickets respectively.

Head of Highways at Lincolnshire County Council Brian Thompson said: “Enforcement countywide is going well, with most people and businesses welcoming that something is being done about badly parked vehicles with present obstructions, dangers or simply hog spaces.

“Unsurprisingly, the majority of tickets have been handed out in urban areas, where there are more vehicles.

“But as long as motorists stick to the ‘signs and lines’ and park considerately without causing an obstruction or danger to others, they won’t have anything to worry about.”

Officers have also been given powers to endorse two new parking restrictions.

l Parking at dropped kerbs – to allow those with wheelchairs or pushchairs to cross roads more easily.

l Double parking – so that people don’t cause an obstruction by parking too far from the kerb.

Fines for ignoring the “signs and lines” are £70 or £50.