Traffic wardens are going to new lengths to nab drivers, by using tape measures to see how far from the kerb they are parked. And they are giving out £70 fines for those more than 19 inches (50cm) away.
Disgruntled motorists have branded the scheme a tax on motorists. But councils say leaving a big gap can be dangerous for pedestrians and cause traffic jams by narrowing the road.
Officer manager Francis Kileen, 52, said: “The thought of wardens kneeling down and measuring how far drivers are parked from the kerb beggars belief.” Sales representative Caroline Anderson, 48, added: “This is a disgrace.”
Wardens have been issued tape measures by Gwynedd council in North Wales. A spokesman said: “Parking far away from the kerb can restrict visibility for pedestrians wanting to cross the road, block traffic flow and stop emergency services getting through. These new powers will target thoughtless drivers.”