Parking ban is not the ticket

PUBLISHED: 11:28 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

Vijay Chandarana is angry over a decision to suddenly enforce parking restrictions at Hitchin market

Vijay Chandarana is angry over a decision to suddenly enforce parking restrictions at Hitchin market

A DRIVER has criticised a council for not advertising the fact that a popular parking spot is now out of bounds. Vijay Chandarana, who lives in Baker Road, Hitchin, claims that the spaces underneath the permanent market stalls on Biggin Lane, Hitchin, hav

A DRIVER has criticised a council for not advertising the fact that a popular parking spot is now out of bounds.

Vijay Chandarana, who lives in Baker Road, Hitchin, claims that the spaces underneath the permanent market stalls on Biggin Lane, Hitchin, have been used by drivers for the last 20 to 30 years.

He is upset that North Hertfordshire District Council has started to clamp down on drivers who cross the double yellow lines to park in the spaces, and is concerned that not enough has been done to warn them.

Mr Chandarana, 45, said: "I got a ticket and I was told I was breaching the double yellow lines.

"But drivers have been parking there for years, was the council asleep during this time? Why have they only just started now?

"I was told by the council that they have sent over 140 leaflets to regular users who park on the spot, but there are no signs up at the location warning people they could now be fined.

"Those people who haven't seen the leaflets, who aren't aware, will still park there because there is no indication that they should do otherwise.

"There is no need to print leaflets afterwards, but the council should put a sign up to warn drivers beforehand."

A spokesman for the council said it had recently been given new powers under the Road Traffic Act 1991, which until January 1 could only be enforced by London boroughs.

The spokesman said: "We were not allowed to give tickets to those vehicles which went across the double yellow lines, and now we are.

"We issued those 140-odd leaflets to regular users who park in this area to tell them that they cannot go there any more.

"There is a possibility that a sign could go up, but we would have to have to discuss this.


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