Blue badge drivers facing new yellow peril

Issue 371

DISABLED drivers have won a victory after Kirklees Council cancelled parking tickets slapped on cars outside Dewsbury Town Hall.

Motorists were furious after blue badge holders were banned from parking on a stretch of Wakefield Old Road opposite Manor Street.

Disabled drivers had previously been allowed to park on the double yellow lines but the council recently made the area loading only.

Many drivers were caught out and traffic wardens hit them with £35 fines which double to £70 if not paid within 14 days.

One couple fined, Jeffrey and Margaret Clayton, of Old Bank Road, Dewsbury, received the penalty notice on Friday and vowed not to pay.

They sent off a letter of complaint and Mrs Clayton said: Its a disgrace. We stood there for 10 minutes telling other people not to get caught.

This week Kirklees Council backed down over the fines. It said the new traffic regulation order was not due to come into force until May 25 and all tickets would be cancelled and fines refunded.

The Press was alerted to the problem by wellknown former market trader Jack Anderson, 82, who regularly parked there with his blue badge.

Kirklees have done this without telling anyone or without consultation, he said.

This comes at a time when Dewsbury is crying out for car parking and they have taken away 10 or 12 spaces.

That means disabled drivers will take up spaces for other motorists depriving the council of parking revenue.

Mr Anderson, of Thornhill, said parking had been removed after complaints from store giant Wilkinson, concerned that its delivery lorries couldnt turn into Manor Street, behind Barclays Bank, because of parked cars.

Mr Anderson said: Kirklees shouldnt be doing this just to oblige Wilkinsons.

They have been there long enough and are big enough to deliver outside normal hours.

I wont be shopping there again.

While The Press was there on Wednesday, Adele Evans and her disabled mum Shirley Andrews had a shock when they returned to their car to find a yellow notice stuck on the windscreen.

Fortunately it was only a warning and Mrs Evans, of Thornhill Lees, said: I saw the new yellow markings on the edge of the pavement but didnt know what they meant.

A council spokesman said the new restrictions had been introduced because of the obstruction caused to delivery vehicles.

He said the changes were advertised between October 17 and November 14 last year on lampposts, in the town hall and in newspapers.

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