Drivers fall victim to new parking fines

More than 1000 parking tickets have been handed out to drivers who have fallen foul of the newly residents' parking scheme in Yarmouth.

More than 1000 parking tickets have been handed out to drivers who have fallen foul of the newly residents' parking scheme in Yarmouth.

The tickets were handed out over a period of just 10 weeks since the beginning of February, and it has led local business people to question the purpose of the scheme.

The scheme allows residents to park in marked bays from 8am to 6pm.

However, more than 1,000 motorists have been caught out by the scheme - most of them visitors - landing themselves a £25 fine. If the fine is not paid within 14 days it increases to £55.

The fines revenue is collected by the borough council and is used to operate the residents' parking scheme.

Ralph Childs, who runs a newsagents on Nelson Road Central, and who also lives within the restricted zone, said that while he agreed with the scheme in principle he believed it would discourage visitors and, as a result threaten small local businesses.

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He also said he had witnessed dozens of cars having tickets “slapped” on their windscreens.

Mr Childs said: “They seem to be slapping tickets on cars left, right and centre. I think that's obscene because all that money is probably coming from local people.

“I dread to think what will happen this weekend with all the visitors coming in for the bank holiday.”