Councils in England are being asked to stop automatically using yellow lines to control parking and consider restricted zones instead by the transport minister.
Local transport minister, Norman Baker, has asked councils to adopt restricted parking zones in a bid to cut down on street clutter. Mr Baker said restricted zones are less ‘intrusive’ than yellow lines.
In a letter to councils, Mr Baker said: ‘No one wants to see unnecessary yellow lines blotting our towns and villages when there is an alternative. They are a clear eyesore that can be intrusive and can have a huge impact on the look and feel of our streets, particularly in historic town centres or conservation areas.’
‘I encourage local authorities to think about the use of restricted parking zones. They can be used to improve the visual impact of the street while providing clear information to motorists.’
Mr Baker highlighted Cheshire East Council, Cornwall, Slough, Warwickshire, Suffolk and Nottingham as councils already using restricted parking zones in favour of yellow lines.
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