Clarke critical of Kennedy’s plans for parking fines

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has criticised the plans by the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to increase parking fines. On Wednesday 20th June the Regional Development Committee voted against the Minister’s plans to raise parking fines to £90 and the whole Assembly will vote on the Minister’s plans on Tuesday and if the Minister is defeated there, then he would not be able to go through with his plans. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “The Minister and his Department do not have clear and concise plans in relation to the increasing of fines for parking offences. The Minister said that it was about improving motorist’s behaviour but we really know that he is just using it as a revenue raising scheme.” “If he was being serious about ensuring that motorists obeyed the law around parking then he would be introducing a two tier system that is used elsewhere. For example, a person who parks across two spaces would get a smaller fine than say somebody who double parks and causes traffic congestion.” He added, “I do not believe that the Minister can satisfactorily prove or show that an increase in parking fines to £90 would make a serious improvement of the use of parking facilities in our towns and cities. He is simply only interested introducing a draconian increase in parking fines to increase revenue.”
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