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Parking Tickets in Lincolnshire ~ The Damage
I was startled to read that Lincolnshire is the second highest region in terms of parking tickets issued - second only to London!!
The question is: what effect does strict parking and expensive car park charges have . . .

Given that Lincolnshire is mostly open land it seems bizarre that we’re second only to London in terms of parking fines dished out to already hard hit motorists but I wonder about the larger picture.
Parking needs to be regulated otherwise there would be chaos but I think we all know that councils see car park charges or the issuing of parking tickets for infringement as something of a cash cow.

Speaking personally, I have not bought a parking ticket for many a year but if I was less mobile, or less familiar with the places I visit, then I’d have to so how would that influence where I went or indeed would I not go to places which were rigidly patrolled by Parking Wardens?

I know people who no longer bother going to Lincoln because of the cost of parking. Likewise people who no longer go to Freshney Place in Grimsby since the council hiked the charges up to park above the market etc.
I’m told in Horncastle there’s been an effect felt by traders since the council started dishing tickets out in an aggressive manner.

For me restricting parking and forcing people into expensive car parks is a thing of the past and very short-sighted.
Somewhere such as Lincoln, Horncastle or Grimsby et al needs to realise that allowing people to park in order to visit shops and businesses is no longer a privilege - they need customers and visitors - the boot’s on the other foot.

At a time when the High Street is really struggling I think local authorities need to do everything they can to encourage people to visit rather than discourage them by high car park charges, aggressive ticket wardens and more and more no parking places.

I’d be interested to hear how others feel about any of the above, the price of parking or the difficulty of it without getting a ticket.
Yours,
Rod

10 Comments »

  1. v said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Re aggressive attitudes.

    Ten years ago, I was fined £60 because although I had bought a ticket in Stockport, as I had closed the car door with the ticket on the dashboard, it had obviously flipped upside down and my ticket was incorrectly displayed. I sent a photocopy of the ticket and explained what had happened and was told it was in the system and I should check the ticket on the dashboard after closing the car door ! There was nothing they could do as it was in the system.

    I appealed and was excused … “this once , but any further appeals against tickets would not be viewed favourably” . ….

    And I had actually and lawfully bought a ticket.

  2. Ariadne said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    Parking is a plague for urban areas everywhere. Looking for a parking place downtown can be excruciating both time- and soul-wise.

    My experience is that, if people have no other access to the city center, they’ll use their cars and park anywhere no matter the fines they’ll have to pay. The only solution that seems to be working is better, reliable, extensive public transportation and cheap fares. Apart from that, large, open to the public parking areas near metro stations have proved to be another incentive for leaving the car behind.

  3. The Saxman said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    BEWARE TOWN HALL SQUARE PARKING!
    ROD,
    Whilst parked legally for twenty minutes I was amazed to watch a parking enforcement person approach the vehicle next to me and inspect all 4 tyres, the rear lights,photograph the road tax disc,rear number plate,front number plate,the vehicle itself.A ticket was dispensed from his expensive gadget and stuck to the windscreen after about 7 minutes.This person then photographed my road tax disc whilst I was sat in the driving seat! WHY,WHY,WHY.
    Makes one wonder who would be informed about a bald tyre,broken lens,or out a date road fund licence.

  4. Rod said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 5:41 pm

    V,
    I noted some time ago that the fines are not for ‘not having a ticket’ but for ‘not displaying one correctly’
    They don’t miss a trick. . .
    Best
    Rod

  5. Rod said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    Ariadne,
    I’d agree with you, cities and the like are best served by what we call Park and Ride - an out of town car park with shuttle buses into the city centre.
    The thing is they’re only viable for the really big and busy places so smaller towns have to have some form of parking for visitors and my real point is that it’s short-sighted to try and deter those much needed visitors by scalping them
    Regards,
    Rod

  6. Amiguru said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    Rod,

    Somewhere such as Lincoln, Horncastle or Grimsby et al needs to realise that allowing people to park in order to visit shops and businesses is no longer a privilege…

    I hate to say it but my local council here in my part of Essex have actually realised this and issued to all local residents a free all-year-round parking permit in all but two district carparks, (because there are no nearby shops there), which can either be stuck in a single vehicle’s windscreen or it can be transferred from one vehicle to another. As I gave up driving a few years ago, I simply allow any visitors I have to display it while they are here.

    The scheme obviously works as they have just reissued new permits for this coming year! :)

    Regards,
    Pedestrian

  7. Rod said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    Saxman,
    I too have seen this photographing of tax discs and wondered why, what data are they collecting, or is it just a way for them to log a number and check when the time is up?!
    Best
    Rod

  8. Rod said,

    April 22, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

    Neville,
    sounds like a plan, they’ll be used like the disabled badges are around here :)
    Best,
    Rod

  9. Jordan said,

    April 23, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    Rod

    Hello, being the law abiding citizen that i am, I have never had a parking ticket :P

    FYI: They take photos of the tax discs and check tyres etc as they are now reported to the DVLA and can be clamped for no disc, bald tyres etc. I have seen this a lot, esp in cities and dodgy areas! :P

    Angelic Jordan (you need an emoticons for saint!)

  10. Rod said,

    April 23, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

    Jordan,
    I can’t for a moment think you’d transgress :)

    Thanks for the info as well, especially the ‘dodgy areas’ bit :P
    Regards,
    Rod

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