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Parking warning to county drivers

Drivers in Derbyshire are being warned to take care over where they park or they could be hit with a 70 fine.

The county council takes over control for parking from 19 February from the police and is bringing in 23 new parking officers, an increase of 16.

Officers will be based across the county and will cover a district or borough rather than a specific town.

Top charges for offences such as parking in a disabled bay will be 70, halved if paid within 14 days.

Pedestrian safety

Drivers committing lesser offences will be charged 50, which will also be halved if paid within the 14-day limit.

If a charge is not paid within 28 days, it will be increased to 105 or 75.

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for environmental services, Councillor Brian Lucas, said: "We are taking on parking enforcement to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians across Derbyshire.

"So, if you ignore the parking signs, expect to pay the fines."

He added money raised from parking fines would pay for the parking service and if the service made more than it cost to run, any extra would be put towards improving the roads.

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