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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 October, 2003, 07:19 GMT 08:19 UK
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Managers at a shopping centre in Leicester say a scheme to fine drivers who park illegally in disabled bays is proving a success.

Fines were introduced at the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre just over two weeks ago.

There had been a long standing problem with able-bodied drivers parking in disabled spaces, officials have already caught 150 people flouting the law.

Motorists are now fined 60, but the charge is reduced to 40 for those who pay within seven days.

So far, the fines have raised about 6,000, 10% of that will go to local charities for people with disabilities.

The shopping centre is also planning to extend the scheme to parent and child spaces and park and ride bays.

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