October 2 2014 Latest news:
Kath Sansom, .
Monday, July 28, 2014
Drivers have been targeted for nuisance parking in Ely city centre with fixed penalty notices and an on the spot fine of £90 for a driver who used abusive language when issued with a parking ticket.
Police community support officers have been busy carrying out high visibility foot patrols in Ely including Forehill where vehicles have caused unnecessary obstruction to other road users.
In the High Street vehicles that were parked in loading-only bays but were not loading or unloading were also issued tickets as were those who over stayed the 15 minutes permitted time restriction.
PCSO Maria Robinson said: “While one of these Fixed Penalty Notices was being issued the driver returned to their vehicle. Whilst the reason for issuing the ticket was being explained the driver became very agitated and used foul and abusive language.
“This was clearly heard and witnessed by members of the public and as a result of his language the driver was issued a police notice for disorder.
“This is an on the spot fine of £90 under the Public Order Act.
“While PCSOs understand that receiving any type of parking ticket is not an enjoyable experience we will not tolerate abusive behaviour or language towards us and positive action will be taken against those committing offences.”
One of the nuisance parking notices resulted in a court case at Cambridge Magistrates Court where the driver disputed causing any obstruction despite photographic evidence.
The magistrates convicted the driver who was ordered to pay a total cost of £135.
PCSO PCSO Matt Chennell said: “The community of Ely continue to make parking a priority for police enforcement and we will continue to address parking issues across East Cambridgeshire and will take appropriate action against those committing an offence.”