A proposal from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to allow drivers to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes has received as lukewarm reaction on the ITV News Facebook page.
While a handful of readers backed the idea, the vast majority appeared to be against it.
Ben Harvey said:
It's a ridiculous idea. Double yellows are there to stop people parking due to reduced visibility on hills/round corners/in narrow streets. So in order to add a few quid in the tills of high street stores, the government are willing to compromise on people's safety?
Cheryl Reed said she thought the idea was potentially "dangerous":
They can't monitor waiting time and pay & display time properly, so how will they monitor this as well? People will just be parked where they like and it'll be dangerous.
Mandy Clarke also pointed out that the plan would be difficult to police:
Double yellow lines are there for a reason. If drivers are allow to park on them, it's going to need extra bodies to police it and more than likely there's going to be those who will abuse the 15 minutes.
Councils should adopt a common sense approach over parking enforcement, a local Conservative government said today, after the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles suggested that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
Brandon Lewis told The Daily Telegraph:
This Government has scrapped Whitehall rules that previously told councils to hike up parking charges, adopt draconian enforcement and impose arbitrary limits on off-street parking spaces.
Councils now need to play their part in reining back in the overzealous culture of municipal parking enforcement.
They should adopt a common sense approach. Ministers are considering what further steps can be taken to ensure that town hall parking policies and practices support local high streets.
The high street must work for businesses, the Liberal Democrat transport minister said today, after the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles proposed that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
Norman Baker told The Daily Telegraph: "We are keen to ensure that the high street works for businesses by stopping people parking illegally for hours on end.
"I have been in discussions with other colleagues from government about how we can best take decisions on this forward.
"This is about tackling motorists who are parking illegally, not about raising charges for those who park legally."
A source close to the Eric Pickles has said that over-aggressive parking enforcement is endangering the high street, according to The Daily Telegraph, after the Communities Secretary proposed that drivers could park on double yellow line for 15 minutes.
The source told the newspaper:
The high street is in danger of shrinking or dying off, and over-aggressive parking enforcement is part of the reason why.
If people are worried about paying a fortune in parking fines, it will make them more likely to do their shop online or go to out of town shopping centres. For too long parking has been a revenue raiser. It's time to end that.
There is room for a deal (with the Liberal Democrats). Dangerous parking is a menace to people, whereas if you're in the parking bay or just on the side of the road you're not presenting any risk.
Drivers will be able to park on double yellow lines for 15 minutes under proposals to boost trade in neighbourhood high streets, but face stiffer fines for dangerous parking, it has emerged.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to introduce a "grace period" within months that would allow motorists to pop into local shops without being hit by hefty penalties, according to The Daily Telegraph.
As part of the coalition horse-trading needed to secure support for the move, higher fines could be introduced outside London for motorists who park dangerously.