Leicestershire parking wardens get new ticket powers
Motorists who park badly in Leicestershire are being targeted after a change in enforcement rules.
From the start of February, county council parking wardens will be able to hand out fines for drivers who obstruct pavements or roads.
Vehicles which block dropped pavements or park too far from the kerb could get a £70 fine.
Officials said it would help wheelchair users, those with pushchairs and other drivers by cutting congestion.
Until now wardens could only issue tickets to those motorists parked on yellow lines or those who had overstayed in car parks with time limits.
Initially only warnings will be given, but fines will be issued from March. Tickets can also be sent in the post where wardens are prevented from attaching them to a vehicle.
Lesley Pendleton, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Enabling pedestrians and mobility scooters to cross roads at designated points and reducing double-parking will both lead to safer highways, especially for vulnerable road users.
"The benefits that come from enforcing parking restrictions can greatly improve the living environment for the people who live in and visit Leicestershire."