Scottish drivers breaking minor road rules could see parking fines doubled to £120

Martin Lewis explains council and private company parking fines

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The changes mean penalties would double from their existing £60 Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) fee. Transport Scotland said the new system would see different fees apply for lower and higher penalties.

Fees would also be determined by how quickly a charge is paid with drivers able to save £80 for acting quickly.

Those who pay the penalty within 14 days would be issued a £40 fee.

Meanwhile, an £80 fee would be issued for those who pay the fee after the Notice to Owner is issued but before a Charge Certificate is sent.

However, drivers who pay after a Charge Certificat is sent would be issued the full £120 fee.

Under proposal A, Transport Scotland would also fine driver’s £150 for breaking severe road rules set out under the Higher PCN fee.

Transport Scotland’s second proposal suggests an even higher £180 fee for those who break Higher PCN rules.

Lower breaches include not leaving after an expired time on a parking ticket or not clearly displaying a valid parking receipt.

Higher breaches include parking in a restricted street or stopping in a disabled parking bay without a blue badge.

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Transport Minister Graeme Dey has backed the new proposal, warning the update will “impose new duties” on local authorities to enforce the new rules.

He said: “Over the last two years we have been working to improve parking legislation in Scotland by introducing provisions within the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 that will ban pavement parking, double parking and parking at dropped kerbs.

“Thereby tackling the impact of inconsiderate and obstructive parking.

“These changes will impose new duties on local authorities to enforce these new provisions.”

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