Letter: Drivers flouted law to get parking fines
Re the volume of car parking fines (front page story last week):
Bridlington is neither a ‘honeypot’ for parking fines (unless I’ve missed out and motorists are being enticed by persons of easy virtue to park illegally) nor a ‘piggybank’ (I think the usual term is cash cow), nor are fixed penalty notices slapped on, or motorists stung.
These notices are issued by legally-appointed officials, and only to those motorists who have chosen to park their vehicles illegally.
The only reason 5,226 penalty notices were issued in Bridlington was because 5,226 people chose to flout parking regulations and got caught.
The issue of parking fines is not part of some petty ERYC conspiracy designed to do Bridlington down while dipping its hands into the pockets of its residents and visitors.
No such conspiracy exits; if it did ERYC would not be spending money to subsidise the Park and Ride (in order to alleviate town centre congestion), nor be pouring money into a regeneration scheme intended to bring the town centre’s infrastructure into the 21st century.
Everything comes at a price, and the price of progress is disruption and change.
Leon DaleyRoundhay Road, Bridlington