The council now has powers to enforce the prohibition of double parking and parking at dropped kerbs of footways as if they had been introduced using a Traffic Regulation Order.
It is an offence to double park on all Carmarthenshire roads and park up obstructing dropped kerbs anywhere in the county.
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Under the Traffic Management Act 2008 a number of changes were brought about for parking enforcement and management.
“Carmarthenshire is now designated as a special enforcement area in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Act.”
“The Act, under Code 26, seeks to prevent ‘inconsiderate and selfish’ parking. Drivers who do not park close to the edge of the carriageway – within 50 centimetres of the kerb - can now also be prosecuted.”
Executive board member for environment Cllr Jim Jones said: “The authority receives many complaints from wheelchair and disabled carriage users who are unable to get about because of blocking of dropped kerbs by cars, not only in towns, but rural areas too.
“Dropped kerbs are usually sited as crossovers into private property and crossing points for vulnerable road users, cycle tracks and verges.
“Many people find themselves trapped and unable to get about because of bad parking obstructing dropped kerbs.
“It is important drivers are aware that the enforcement measures we are introducing also covers penalties for double parking and causing obstruction by parking too far from the kerb or edge of carriageway.”
The council is not required to provide any signs or markings specifically prohibiting parking adjacent to a dropped section of the footway.
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