Parking charge notices are being introduced at Borders General Hospital where vehicles are not parked in a designated parking bay.
Responding to safety concerns about the hospital’s car parks NHS Borders is introducing a new car parking management plan later this year which will be fully implemented by the end of 2013.
Car parking will continue to be free but parking charge notices will be issued to vehicles that are parked on footpaths, yellow lines, ambulance bays, painted chevrons, grassed areas and disabled spaces if a valid disabled badge is not displayed.
And in an effort to make it easier for people with outpatient department appointments and those visiting patients, designated short stay car parking will be available for patients, visitors and staff for up to four hours.
This designated short stay parking will be enforced between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
It is expected that the changes will make availability of parking closest to the main hospital more available for patients, visitors and staff whose visit will last four hours or less.
There will be a period of transition running up to the official go-live date, after which charging notices will be issued.
Calum Campbell, NHS Borders chief executive said: “Inconsiderate and inappropriate parking on the Borders General Hospital site is increasing and is putting people at risk.
“In recognising this we are taking proactive action to address the problems that are being experienced.”