Parking ticket fines could rise to 120 in Scotland
A Transport Scotland consultation has suggested that the current cost incurred by illegal parking is not a sufficient deterrent.
Through the Transport (Scotland) Act, Scotland’s local authorities have new powers to tackle pavement parking, double-parking, and parking at dropped kerbs. The consultation seeks views on how to codify and set consistent penalty levels for these new contraventions.
In addition, the consultation considers penalty levels for parking contraventions as a whole and seeks views on whether these levels remain an effective deterrent to support compliance with parking regimes.
Currently, if a driver is parked illegally or over their allocated time, a fine of £60 is incurred (reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days).
Proposals from the consultation suggest new Penalty Charge Notice’s (PCN) will increase to £80 for a lower charge, and £100 for a higher charge. An option of £100 and £120 fine has been proposed — potentially applied to motorists who improperly park in a disabled bay, or a space marked for electric vehicles. However, a 50 per cent reduction would still apply if the fine were paid within 2 weeks.
Transport Minister, Graeme Day said: “It’s been many years since parking penalty levels have been considered, and so it is important to consider now whether these levels meet their ultimate objective – to achieve 100% compliance with parking controls and therefore no penalty charges for drivers.
“I recognise parking fines are a contentious issue, however, parking policies are an essential part of traffic management that let local authorities keep our towns and cities moving.”
The consultation is open until October 4.