Oct 24 2013 by Georgina Stubbs, Ormskirk Advertiser
FINES handed to motorists who park at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals have been cut.
The changes will see the cost of fixed penalty notices fall from £60 to £30 – as long as it is paid within 14 days.
The penalty for notices unpaid after 14 days will also fall from £120 to £60.
The Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust receives no income from any fixed penalty notices.
Facilities manager for the trust, Geoff Wilding, said the changes were agreed with the company that monitors the trust’s parking – UK Parking Control Ltd – in response to feedback from visitors.
UK Parking Control Ltd issues penalty notices to drivers who commit parking offences such as parking on double yellow and blocking essential access for emergency services.
As of November 1 there will also be changes to the cost of using the car park for visitors – with an increase of 10p to those wishing to park for 20 minutes to two hours, and those using the facility for four to eight hours.
Having previously called on the trust to review car parking arrangements, in May this year, West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper also highlighted the number of complaints over the issue of parking fines.
She added: “Ideally, I wish there were no parking charges at all on hospital car parks.
“However, I do welcome this announcement to reduce the cost of the fines. It is encouraging that the hospital management and the Trust Board members are listening to the concerns of patients and their families.”