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Confusion over Blackburn yellow lines
MOTORISTS have hit out at confusion over parking bays which were surrounded with yellow lines.
A number of drivers were fined for parking in marked out bays in a car park in Canterbury Street in Blackburn, which were encircled by yellow lines.
Now, the lines have gone but shoppers are not using the bays in case they are fined.
Driver Rod Burch said the regulations were ‘ambiguous’ due to a lack of signage.
Mr Burch, who was hit with a ticket last October after parking alongside several other cars, said there were no signs up saying that parking was prohibited, and that the double yellow lines had faded, making parking the situation very unclear.
He said: “There’s a lot of ambiguity about parking in that area, and traffic wardens hang around there because they know it’s rich pickings.
“Now all the double yellow lines have been completely scratched off, but I wouldn’t risk parking there because I don’t trust the council at all.”
After appealing his ticket, Mr Burch discovered that the other drivers were displaying disabled badges, but he said there were no clear markings and no ‘disabled only’ parking signs on display.
The council was first criticised by motorists in 2006 after encircling the car park which drivers had been using for years with double yellow lines - and fining the cars inside them.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s director of regeneration, Brian Bailey said: "We replaced the double yellow lines with parking bays earlier this year after speaking with traders in the area who thought it would provide easier access for customers.
"We will soon be introducing a limited waiting time at the bays to make the them as accessible as possible for visitors to the area.
"Parking charge notices would have been issued when the double yellow lines were there as parking wasn't permitted at that time.
"I would encourage anyone who is unsure about parking restrictions to contact our parking services team on 0845 605 5589 before leaving their vehicle unattended.”
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