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Chase on for 2,000 parking fines
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20,000 fines have been issued in Carmarthenshire in 20 months
Bailiffs are to chase motorists who owe tens of thousands of pounds worth of parking fines in west Wales.

Carmarthenshire council said it had more than 2,000 outstanding tickets on its books.

Two years ago it became one of the first authorities in Wales to take over responsibility for parking enforcement from police traffic wardens.

It said there was a hardcore of drivers who ignored tickets and bailiffs were needed to tackle the issue.

Technical services director Richard Workman said since the council had taken over the traffic wardens' role in February 2004, more than 20,000 penalty notices had been issued.

Unfortunately a number of people are reluctant to pay
Richard Workman, Carmarthenshire Council

If motorists pay up within 14 days they receive a 50% discount on the 60 fine.

But the fine rises to 90 if the bill is not settled within 56 days and after that it is registered with the county court.

Mr Workman said now the authority would use bailiffs for the first time to try and recover outstanding tickets.

"There is a lengthy process we go through before the matter is referred to the court and eventually the bailiffs," he said.

"We make every effort to collect the penalty charges, unfortunately a number of people are reluctant to pay.

"The money collected helps provide the service which aims to make parking safe and secure in Carmarthenshire.

"Apart from the effect on the service, it would be unfair on those who do pay to allow others to get away with it."

Responsibility for parking enforcement varies from county to county in Wales with some authorities taking on the role and others leaving it to police.

Earlier this month Pembrokeshire Council's cabinet decided to look at following Carmarthenshire, by taking over responsibility from Dyfed-Powys Police.

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