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Changes to driving fines: Police ask public to submit selfish parking photos

West Midlands Police have asked the public to submit photos of selfishly parked cars. The request comes as huge changes to driving fines are introduced across the country, giving local councils more power to punish motorists.

Operation Park Safe was first launched by West Midlands Police in 2018.

In 2019, the force received nearly 4,000 pieces of evidence and images from the public.

As a result, “thousands” of motorists received fines for unsafe parking.

In addition to this, a number of stolen vehicles were recovered as part of the operation.

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“It’s a case of ‘anytime, anywhere, anywhere.’ Someone else on that road who isn’t a police officer could be recording your behavior and submitting it to us.

“Now that the public is reporting these poorly parked cars, we get a lot of added value. With the help of the public, we can quickly arrive and remove these vehicles.

The renewed calls come after local councils were given more power to fine motorists for driving offences.

Changes at the end of May mean local authorities in England and Wales have the power to issue Penalty Notices (PCNs) for offenses such as driving through entry points without a vehicle and stopping in yellow boxes at junctions and bus lanes. .

If a motorist is caught by CCTV, they will be sent a fine of up to £70 by post.

Other infractions to watch out for include illegal turns and U-turns.

The measures are meant to make roads safer for cyclists and help buses be more punctual, according to the Department for Transport.

It has already been suggested by experts that the new measures could lead to an “avalanche” of PCNs for motorists.

Some experts also worry that cash-strapped councils could use the powers to their financial advantage.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams previously said: “It is true that councils outside London have the ability to enforce known hotspots which break the rules, but we are concerned that some authorities are being too enthusiastic to use their new powers for revenue reasons, to the detriment of the drivers.

“While the government is committed to giving advice to councils on how best to inform drivers that enforcement is in progress, what is really needed are clear guidelines to ensure that the application is always carried out fairly.

“Drivers who blatantly ignore highway signage or rules should expect penalties, but there are instances that aren’t always clear.”