WHEN a visiting motorist parked in Foreshore Road he was surprised when he returned three minutes later to find he had been penalised with a £35 parking ticket.
Ben Sturdy, a 32-year-old sales rep who works up to three days a week in the town, said he thought he was parking in a disc zone and it was not clear that it was in fact a disabled parking bay opposite Olympia Leisure.
He said the word “disabled” had been painted on the road, but the lettering was so eroded it was difficult to read, and there was no metal sign attached to a lamppost nearest to his car.
“I didn’t notice the signs on the lampposts and the markings were not clear enough on the road. They should make it more clear to the public that this is a disabled area – I thought it was a disc zone. I’ve parked in Scarborough before and I have got a disc,” he said.
Mr Sturdy is appealing against the fine. A Scarborough Council Parking Services spokeswoman wrote to him: “I note your comments, but would advise you that a vehicle is not permitted to use a disabled bay for any purpose including loading or unloading, unless displaying a valid disabled persons badge.
“I note your comments regarding the road markings. I would advise you that when parking in a marked bay it is the motorist’s responsibility to ensure that they have parked in accordance with the regulations appertaining to that parking place and to check for associated signs. Therefore as no blue badge was displayed the Penalty Charge Notice was issued correctly.”
Only last month similar concerns were raised over parking enforcement in the same disabled bays.
On that occasion a concerned member of the public contacted the Evening News after she saw traffic wardens giving out parking tickets in Foreshore Road, despite the road markings around the disabled bays being almost illegible.
According to local parking expert Keith Hughes the bays opposite Olympia amusements may not conform to legal requirements at all.
Speaking to the Evening News last month, Mr Hughes, a former police traffic sergeant, labelled the road markings “rubbish” and said that quoting “wear and tear” should be no excuse. The bays should be 2,700mm wide to be classed as a disabled bay and Mr Hughes said that they did not appear wide enough.
North Yorkshire County Council has promised to investigate parking bay markings and, where necessary, renew them.
At the end of last year, Mr Hughes revealed shortcomings in the signage in Seamer Road, which led to the county council taking action. In 2004, an 18-month inquiry found Scarborough Council guilty of maladministration over on-street car parking rules and fines.
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