Dozens of motorists hit by Nelson parking fines
7:00pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 in News
DOZENS of motorists were issued with town centre parking warnings yesterday as part of a new crackdown.
Shoppers have been told that they will face a fine if they continue to park on Manchester Road in Nelson for over an hour.
The bays in front of the shops were supposed to be limited to one hour, but special authorisation was required from the Department of Transport to enforce this and for 18 months motorists have been able to breach the regulations.
As of yesterday Lancashire County Council traffic wardens can now book motorists who stay for longer than one hour.
Yesterday the county council said it was currently only giving out warning notices, but a Nelson councillor said people who had contacted her had received tickets.
Coun Eileen Ansar said: “I’ve had lots of people coming into the shop today saying they have got a ticket, it’s not on.
“People should be given warnings first, trade is bad enough in the town centre without this happening.
“For 18 months people have been parking for as long as they want here, so it is a shock that suddenly the new regulations have come in.”
The county council said warnings had been given out in the same envelopes as penalty notices, but motorists at the moment were not being fined.
Anybody who believes they have been issued with a penalty charge notice should write in using the usual appeals process to have it overturned.
Paul Riley, parking services manager, said: “Pendle Council has made some environmental improvements in this area, marking out the parking bays in coloured concrete setts which, because it's different to the usual arrangement, meant we've had to apply to the Department for Transport for special authorisation to enforce them.
“We're now able to enforce them, but for the moment are only applying warning notices to any vehicles parked in contravention to be fair to people who regularly park in this area by warning them the rules have changed.”