POLICE officers from the Scottish Borders Community Action Team (CAT) have been tackling parking issues in the region.

The CAT are a policing resource of two teams of seven officers, funded by Scottish Borders Council to deal with quality of life issues affecting the local communities.

At the January meeting of the of the CAT Oversight Group, a common theme emerged around parking in a number of Scottish Borders locations.

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So yesterday, Tuesday January 24 officers targeted Coldstream and Kelso.

Officers say that drivers should be aware that single yellows should be treated as doubles during restricted times.

Drivers should not wait or park on yellow lines during the times of operation shown on nearby time plates or zone entry signs if in a Controlled Parking Zone.

Double yellow lines indicate a prohibition of waiting at any time even if there are no upright signs.

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In addition, officers want to remind drivers not to park near a school entrance, anywhere that would prevent access for Emergency Services:

At or near a bus stop or taxi rank, on the approach to a level crossing, opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space:

Near the brow of a hill or hump bridge:

Opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle.

Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles:

In front of an entrance to a property, on a bend, where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.