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Crackdown on irresponsible parking

Motorists who obstruct roads at Perth and Kinross beauty spots face being hit with on-the-spot fines as part of crackdown on irresponsible parking this weekend.

The move is part of multi-agency effort, involving Perth & Kinross Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue, encouraging visitors and campers to respect the areas they visit and to leave them in the same condition they were in when they arrived.

Patrols are being carried out to remind campers of their responsibilities to the environment and local communities in areas popular with campers, such as Loch Earn and Loch Tummel.

While most visitors behave responsibly, a minority of campers indulge in anti-social behaviour, littering or abandon vehicles in places that cause obstructions for emergency vehicles or farm traffic and action will be taken if necessary against those who flout the law.

Last weekend police officers arrested one male for drink driving and three other drivers were issued fixed penalties for speeding offences.

Three people also face vandalism charges for chopping down trees for firewood at Clunie Loch.

Two offences were also recorded by Police Scotland in relation to National Park Byelaws at Loch Earn.

Patrols will continue this weekend and parking attendants will also be out to make sure drivers park responsibly and do not cause obstructions on roads or passing places and obey all road signs.

Motorists who do not move their vehicles will be fined and risk having their vehicle removed if it is causing a dangerous obstruction.

Barbara Renton, Executive Director of Housing and Environment at Perth & Kinross Council, said: "We want visitors to Perth and Kinross to enjoy our wonderful scenery but also to leave it in a condition that other people can enjoy too.

"It is also important that drivers obey traffic restrictions that may be in place. While enforcement is a last resort, drivers who refuse to move their vehicles will be fined.

"We know people are excited lockdown restrictions are easing but they must still behave responsibly.  Failure to do so can have serious financial or other consequences for those involved"