ANOTHER day, another reason to hit the motorist in the pocket.
It’s like there is a Minister for Misery just finding ways every day of making life as hard as possible for drivers.
The latest motoring tax is now parking on the pavement.
Now there’s no doubt this can be a hazard if it blocks the way for the disabled, partially sighted or parents with pushchairs.
It’s not acceptable that they would have to walk around the car and into the road to avoid the car blocking the pavement.
But on lots of occasions cars are bumped up the kerb because double parking in some roads leaves very little room for passing traffic.
However, the answer as usual is to issue heavy fines.
The only exception is in London, where a £70 penalty charge notice is applicable to those who park dangerously on a pavement.
However, these charges could soon become the norm nationwide.
South Lanarkshire Council could soon be granted the power to penalise motorists who park on the pavement.
Police Scotland currently monitors pavement parking and can issue penalties if an obstruction is caused to pedestrians or the pavement.
South Lanarkshire Council wants pavement parking to be dealt with in the same way as those who park on double yellow lines, double parking and failure to pay for parking.
During the Scottish Government’s Improving Parking in Scotland consolation, the council outline their views on the matter in a paper that was put before councillors at the meeting.
It states: “We believe obstructive pavement parking is best managed by the decriminalisation of existing powers in relation to obstructive parking such that council officers can undertake the necessary enforcement.
“An amendment to, and clarification of, current legislation, with respect to who can enforce it, is all that is required.”
The council also commented on how some drivers are parking on the pavement due to narrow residential streets.
They added: “It should be noted the vast majority of residential roads are below 7.3m width which raises the likelihood of having to assess all of them in terms of their suitability for some degree of pavement parking.”
Earlier this year proposals were made to allow drivers to be fined £70 for parking on the pavement, although this has not been confirmed yet.
The next plan is to fine drivers for breathing, apparently.