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Police launch blitz on illegal parking in Banff town centre

Police in Banff, Scotland, have launched a crackdown on illegal parking in the area, warning drivers that if they are found flouting regulations they will be given penalty notices.

Local officers have confirmed that they will be adopting a zero tolerance policy towards those motorists found to be parking on single and double yellow lines, bus stops and pavements in High Street and Low Street. If drivers are found to have left their vehicles on streets in the town centre that have 45-minute parking limits, they will also be issued with a fine.

Banff-based community policing officer, PC Philip Duncan, told the Banffshire Journal: “Despite there being two car parks and a number of streets in Banff in close proximity to the local businesses and amenities, parking in Low Street and High Street has always been an issue.

"Although local officers regularly educate motorists and issue fixed penalty notices, it still continues to be a problem. Officers will be taking a more pro-active approach in dealing with motorists who park illegally or cause unnecessary obstructions.”

Aberdeenshire Council recently rolled out an hour’s free parking across each one of its metered car parks in Banff. However, as it also recently did away with its parking wardens, the absence of checks has led to an increasing number of drivers ignoring parking restrictions in High Street and South Castle Street.

This creates a serious blockage, holding up traffic on the main A98 road from Fochabers to Fraserburgh, the publication reported.

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