COUNCILS could soon clamp down on double-parking by fining drivers who leave their cars too far from the kerb.
Under the new Traffic Management Bill, councils could give traffic wardens the power to put tickets on vehicles left more than 50cm (20in) from the side of the road.
The power already exists in London, but would only be introduced in other parts of the country where double-parking was causing difficulties, said a Whitehall spokeswoman.
"There's no question of this coming into effect across the whole country as soon as the Bill becomes law," she added.
Any application to create a designated parking enforcement area would need to be approved by the Transport Secretary, following public consultation.
The spokeswoman could not confirm reports that fines for bad parking would be £100 a time.
The Bill has sparked controversy for measures allowing drivers to be fined for blocking junctions or ignoring no-right-turn signs.