Doncaster parking fines soar

Don't park in a  prohibited place: Mayor Peter Davies defends rise in parking fines.
Don't park in a prohibited place: Mayor Peter Davies defends rise in parking fines.

MOTORISTS have seen a rise of more than 30 per cent in the number of parking fines slapped on their windscreens in two years.

Figures obtained by The Star reveal 14,733 parking tickets were issued by the borough’s parking wardens in 2009-10.

A parking warden complete with scooter pictured at the Waterdale multi-storey car park, Doncaster.

A parking warden complete with scooter pictured at the Waterdale multi-storey car park, Doncaster.

But the figure for the last financial year, 2010-11, had shot up to 19,833.

Mayor Peter Davies defended the rise and said there were no targets for the borough’s parking wardens.

But he said the authority recognised its duty to maintain clear roads.

He said: “We hear lots of concerns from parents outside schools about safety issues and have stepped up patrols in these areas.

“There is no enforcement in the town centre after 6pm - this is to help support local businesses and the evening economy.

“The easiest way to avoid a parking fine is not to park in a prohibited place.”

But the rise has caused concerns from former Doncaster councillor and long standing market trader Mick Maye.

He said both he and an electrician carrying out work on his stall had been handed parking tickets while they working there on a non-market day, even though there were notes in the vehicles explaining the situation.

He said: “I think sometimes the wardens are over zealous. We got tickets while we were putting new lighting in at the stall.

“I think you have to be careful because if you give people a parking ticket when they visit Doncaster, that is all that they will remember. They won’t remember what a great place it is to go shopping, they will just remember it was the place they got a parking ticket.

“You have to be careful you don’t drive people out of the town, and you drive away the motorist at your peril.

“I have been trying to get a car park in the town centre for 20 years to give people more options to park legally.”

And Marion Hunt, a visitor to Doncaster from Blyth, in North Nottinghamshire, said she had been given a ticket after parking at Frances Street and leaving a disabled badge with the wrong side facing out of the windscreen.

The fine was later dropped on appeal.

But she said: “It spoiled my day and it put me through a lot of stress in getting it cancelled.”