Drivers could soon be allowed to park on double yellow lines

Van drivers could soon be allowed to park on double yellow lines following a new campaign from motoring groups.
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Tradespeople might soon find it legal to park on double yellow lines while on the job, thanks to a new campaign. The push for change is being led by motoring groups, with Lease Van at the forefront, advocating for workers to be allowed to leave their vans on double yellow lines during work hours when on-site or attending maintenance jobs.

This initiative follows reports that last year, tradespeople were slapped with 3.5 million parking fines, amounting to a staggering £177 million.

At present, tradespeople can only pause on double yellow lines for commercial deliveries or drop-offs, subject to strict time limits - typically 40 minutes for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and 20 minutes for light goods vehicles (LGVs), with the requirement that the driver must be actively unloading or loading.

Tim Alcock, of Lease Van, has voiced his support, stating: "Allowing tradespeople and van drivers to park in restricted areas or on double yellow lines whilst attending a job will not only make the workplace a safer environment but will help towards speeding up the completion of a job.

"Currently tradespeople may be forced to park far away from their site, and spend time looking for a suitable parking space, which only decreases the amount of time they can spend working. They may also feel pressured and rush to unload or reload heavy materials and equipment to ensure they stay within the time restrictions.

"After the news that 3.5 million parking tickets were issued to tradespeople last year, we want to encourage the government and local authorities to rethink the parking restrictions for those working essential maintenance jobs for households and businesses across the country.

"Removing parking restrictions for tradespeople, where safe to do so, will ensure workers do not need to worry about receiving hefty fines and penalties for trying to do their job in a safe manner and to a high standard."

Experts are calling for legal changes to allow tradespeople to park on double yellow lines and in restricted parking bays while they complete their work, arguing that unrestricted parking would prevent them from having to rush loading and unloading, and eliminate the necessity to carry heavy equipment over long distances, reports Birmingham Live.

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