Wednesday 30th January 2008
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Motorists in the north-west could be hit with larger fines for parking illegally under new official plans, it has been reported.

According to the Rochdale Observer, two charges will see drivers hit with either a maximum £50 or £70 fine, which can be cut to £25 or £35 respectively if it is paid within a fortnight.

Such a discount may prove fortunate to those already struggling to keep up with expensive car insurance policies and road tax bills.

At an emergency Rochdale Council board meeting last night, council leader Alan Taylor responded to claims the decision was made to cut costs.

"Making a loss was the wrong way of looking at it, it is the performance that matters," he said.

Meanwhile, the Perthshire Advertiser comments that shoppers at a supermarket in the area face a £60 fine if they fraudulently use disabled and child and parent parking spaces.

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