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Drivers in Barrow urged to park responsibly after 55 tickets issued in a week

DRIVERS in Barrow have been urged to park more responsibly.

Police are urging motorists to park more responsibly following complaints from road users who are stating that roads in the area are difficult to pass due to obstructing vehicles.

Officers will be patrolling the area and will issue parking tickets where they see illegal or unnecessary obstruction. Over 55 parking tickets were issued last week.

Sergeant John McIntosh, Barrow Borough Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Officers in the past few weeks have seen vehicles obstructing other road users by irresponsible parking. Our local PCSO, Tina Sykes, has spoken with members of the local community and local employers, including BAE Systems, to highlight the potential dangers of obstructing the road.

“Just today a HGV clipped the central reservation as it struggled to get through due to being obstructed by parked cars. Thankfully no-one was hurt and we want to make sure that there isn’t any further incidents caused by reckless parking.”

Sergeant McIntosh added: “Following the issuing of parking tickets we have seen that some motorists have moved their vehicle to a different road, however they remain an obstruction. We want road users to be as safe as possible and motorists finding a legal place to park will help in achieving this.”

A spokesperson from BAE Systems Maritime - Submarines said: “We are aware of parking issues around our site that can affect the local community and our own employees.

“Safety is of paramount importance and we strongly urge all our employees to park safely and responsibly.

“We have met with local PSCO Sykes and representatives from the local community to discuss the issue and how we can work together to improve the situation.”

Have your say

If I'm not mistaken, the majority of those ticketed broke absolutely no parking laws when they received their tickets. Rule 140 of the highway code says, "Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable".

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all-drivers-riders-103-to-158/multilane-carriageways-133-to-143)

The other laws in this section say "You MUST NOT", whereas this one does not - going by the letter of the law, due to other parking being unavailable (i.e. the South Gate carpark being full and double yellow lines elsewhere), the parking officer was wrong to ticket those parked in the cycle lane.
If they were to appeal the ticket, I would not doubt them getting let off.

Posted by Jordan on 23 January 2014 at 08:35

If you need to park your car, park legally and you will not get a ticket.
If you cannot park legally, pack in driving.
Salthouse Boy the traffic wardens (Or whatever they are called now) issue the tickets not the police.
So if everyone parks legally every thing will be TICKERTY BOO

Posted by Captain Sensible on 22 January 2014 at 14:05

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