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23rd September 2022, 15:26

Old fines were not acting as a deterrent says Police Commissioner, as Gibraltar reacts to increases

Parking tickets have increased by 50% and penalties for traffic offences have tripled from £100 to £300.

This has been announced in the latest issue of the Gibraltar Gazette.

A Gibraltar Carparks spokesperson confirmed to GBC that many common fines issued, such as parking in a pay & display zone without paying, or failing to display a permit in a zoned area, have doubled in price - now standing at £100 and £120 respectively.

A car parked in a motorcycle space, and vice versa, can also attract fines of £100.

Discounts still apply on parking tickets if they are paid within 14 days. This is not applicable on traffic offences.

Police Commissioner Richard Ullger said the old fines were not acting as a deterrent.

In a statement, the Royal Gibraltar Police said that the definition of 'use' in relation to using a mobile phone whilst driving has also been extended. This now includes checking the time and even simply illuminating the screen.

Transport Minister Paul Balban said it is important we keep our streets safe. He added that the penalty increases are a small part of various road safety strategies that will be introduced in the coming months aimed at offenders and, more importantly, at reducing traffic accidents.

Katy Docker has this report.