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Two-tier parking scheme in London
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Pioneers of the scheme say most motorists back it
A new parking penalty scheme has been introduced in London which will see motorists fined according to the seriousness of the offence.

Under the two-tier scheme, drivers who park at bus stops or pedestrian crossings will get higher penalties than those overstaying parking meters.

A 120 penalty will apply to serious offences in central London, while lesser ones will attract an 80 fine.

The scheme has been spearheaded by the lobby group London Councils.

Causing gridlock

In outer London the penalty will be 100 for serious offences and 60 for lesser contraventions.

Other serious offences include wrongly using bus lanes, entering a box junction and going through a no-entry sign.

All penalties will be reduced by 50 per cent if paid within 14 days.

Cllr Daniel Moylan, from the group, said: "It tackles the concerns of Londoners who feel it is unfair that a motorist overstaying at a parking meter for a few minutes received the same penalty as someone causing gridlock by blocking a busy junction."

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