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Have Your Say: Stop milking motorists

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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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

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  • Scroggins  |  January 15 2014, 5:10PM

    You are completely right Gwyddno the Labour government left this country with stacks of cash and in the best financial position it has ever been in - oh wait they didn't they left it broke!

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  • Gwyddno  |  January 15 2014, 3:16PM

    Scroggins believes that the Treasury has a big piggy bank which the Chancellor dips into until there's nothing left. Dear Scroggins, I don't normally spoon feed those with a poor grasp on macro-economics so you'll have to make do with a link to the Royal Society of Art's 'Crises of Capitalism' clip on YouTube. Source: http://tinyurl.com/23ea99t If you fail to understand any terms used, buy 'Economics for Dummies '.

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  • Scroggins  |  January 15 2014, 2:24PM

    But it happened to be true!

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  • Gwyddno  |  January 15 2014, 12:56PM

    Scroggins: The note left by the former Chancellor was intended as a joke and anyone who doesn't recognise the humour is fiscally illiterate. Did you, like millions of mugs, believe the lie that the national debt is like a personal credit card debt?

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  • Scroggins  |  January 15 2014, 12:30PM

    Gwyddno, you seem to overlook the fact it was the previous government that emptied all the coffers making cuts inevitable. The labour chancellor even put that in writing when he left office.

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  • Gwyddno  |  January 15 2014, 11:37AM

    Your Party, Mr Davies, is responsible for the cuts in local government budgets.

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