Plans to let drivers park on double yellow lines dubbed a gimmick by Brent transport boss

PUBLISHED: 15:17 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:17 30 July 2013

Cllr Jim Moher

Cllr Jim Moher


Cllr Jim Moher also accuses Eric Pickles of stealing the council’s idea

Brent’s transport chief has dubbed proposals by a cabinet minister to allow drivers to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes a ‘gimmick’,

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has announced plans to relax the restrictions in an effort to aid small businesses.

The conservative MP said it would give motorists time to stop at small shops and aid the local economy.

However Cllr Jim Moher, Brent Councils lead member for highways and transportation, has slammed the idea as a ‘gimmick’ adding that it encourages law-breaking.

He told the Times: “There is no need to encourage the habit of dangerous and obstructive parking by letting drivers ignore double yellow lines. These are all there to protect other road users and pedestrians and were usually put there at the request of residents.

“It is a strange government which encourages law-breaking, but such gimmicks are typical of this so-called minister.”

He added: “Mr Pickles is stealing our ideas in Brent as from October shoppers will only have to pay 20p for the first 15 minutes parking and reduced charges for longer stays.”

Under the proposal drivers who took longer than a quarter of an hour would face fines of £130.

Under the current rules motorists must pay £130 is they park on a double yellow line in London.

Sue Terpilowski, London Policy Chairman, of Federation of Small Businesses, said the proposal was interesting.

She said: “Poor parking provision has a significant impact on business. Proposing to allow motorists to park for free for 15 minutes on double-yellow lines is interesting and looks at ways to provide parking for businesses and consumers.

“We know that businesses have suffered because customers can’t stop outside to pop in for a loaf of bread or a pint of milk and choose instead to go to the supermarket, which has free parking.

“This proposal highlights the need for a clear discussion about parking provision across the country and how to limit the use of parking fees and fines for financial gain.”

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