Cops tear up parking tickets

D'nisi, Kirkintilloch. Lesley McLachlan was incorrectly issued with parking ticket outside her work 15.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
D'nisi, Kirkintilloch. Lesley McLachlan was incorrectly issued with parking ticket outside her work 15.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

RED-faced boys in blue have agreed to cancel a series of parking tickets after admitting they were wrong to issue them in first place.

Staff and customers at D’Nisi Coffee Company, on Kirkintilloch’s Cowgate, were left baffled after they were fined for parking on a single yellow line they had previously been told carried no restrictions.

Other workers in the area have also been hit with tickets, as well as visitors innocently parking to shop in the town centre.

Manager Amanda McBride told the Herald: “The line was painted on Broadcroft about a year ago, but there is no sign telling drivers what the restrictions are.

“We checked with the council and the traffic warden at the time and were told that we could still park there as long as there wasn’t an accompanying sign.

“But in recent weeks police have started issuing our staff and customers with tickets. It’s ridiculous.

“People keep on parking there because there a no signs to tell them they can’t.

“When we told the police officer that it was legal to park there he told us that his sergeant said the tickets would stand.”

However, when the Herald contacted Kirkintilloch Police Office, Community Inspector John O’Neill said that the tickets WOULD NOT stand.

He said: “I can confirm that the single yellow line has to be accompanied by a plate indicating the restrictions and as such any tickets issued in Broadcroft, Kirkintilloch, will be cancelled.”

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council refused to comment on the matter, saying that parking enforcement was the responsibility of the police.

Currently there are no parking wardens operating in East Dunbartonshire and only Strathclyde Police have the authority to issue parking tickets.

The council is due to take over responsibility for parking enforcement under decriminalisation of parking proposals in 2013.

JUST THE TICKET: D’Nisi employee Lesley McLachlan is pictured with her wrongly issued ticket. (K11607a)