Drivers who breach parking rules at Borders General Hospital are to be hit with a £90 fine, writes Bob Burgess.
And motorists who fail to cough up will be pursued by debt collectors and could end up before a sheriff in a civil court.
Health chiefs say inappropriate parking is a major problem and a danger to staff, patients and visitors.
Parking regulations and fines will be administered by York-based Minster Baywatch. NHS Borders says it’s not about making money – but safety. However, it won’t reveal details of the Minster Baywatch contract on commercial and confidential grounds.
Staff as well as visitors face the fine. A risk assessment has been carried out envisaging angry drivers approaching the hospital’s main reception desk and the shop. From November 25 designated four-hour parking will be available, 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Warning notices will be issued between October 25 and November 25 when the fines begin. The £90 levy will be cut to £40 if it is paid within 14 days. Drivers who pay by credit or debit cards face a four per cent surcharge.