AS Shadow Welsh Transport Minister, I am urging Welsh councils to stop persecuting motorists with high parking charges and fines.
Councils in England may be ordered by the Coalition Westminster Government to stop using parking as a cash-cow because of the devastating effect this is having on town centres.
The Government is acting because councils have been milking car parking charges and fines and it is bringing in limits on what they can charge, hopefully reducing them in the process.
It is time for the Welsh Government to follow suit before all our High Streets are killed off by the relentless harassment of motorists by council wardens. People soon get fed up and take their business elsewhere – to out of town sites with ample free parking or they go home and switch on their computers and buy on-line.
In the meantime, shops are closing and jobs are going. We must restore common sense to the system. I recently wrote to every council in Wales about the need to review their parking restrictions and quite a number are doing that. Many double yellow lines were laid decades ago and are no longer relevant because of changing traffic patterns.
We need to make a bonfire of historic parking restrictions and double yellow lines so that our high streets can breathe again.
Byron Davies AM