Traffic wardens issue tickets to an ENTIRE car park after council blunder left motorists unaware the area was closed
- Buckinghamshire Council has apologised after two whole car parks were fined
- The authority said only a ‘small number’ of parking bays should have closed
A local authority has apologised to commuters after traffic wardens accidentally ticketed two entire car parks full of vehicles.
The vehicles were hit with penalty notices by Buckinghamshire Council after parking in the Duke Street and Railway Place car parks in High Wycombe on Monday.
The council had put up a small sign saying the car parks near High Wycombe railway station would be closed, while electric vehicle bays were being installed.
However, drivers who missed the A4 sized sign were fined £70 each, after finding yellow parking tickets stuck to their windscreens.
The council has now reversed the penalty notices, and admitted its mistake, as it claimed just a few parking bays should have actually been closed.
Vehicles parked in the Duke Street car park (pictured) in High Wycombe were ticketed after the council put up a small sign saying it would be closed to install EV charging bays
A Buckinghamshire Council spokesperson explained that the small sign would have been sufficient notice of the closure of a ‘small area,’ for the installation of EV parking bays.
However, the error occurred after the entire car park was closed, meaning the signage was insufficient.
High Wycombe local Heleen Jalvingh, who books her parking passes via an app, said she missed the sign before returning to her car to find a yellow ticket on her windscreen.
She argued users of the app should have been informed of the closures via the app itself, as not everyone goes who uses the car park goes to the pay machines.
(Stock image: Buckinghamshire council offices) The local authority apologised and reversed the parking tickets after admitting it made an ‘error’
‘To basically see all the cars with a fine does make me think that this has been a matter of poor communication by the council as apparently nobody realised that we were not allowed to park here,’ Ms Jalvingh told the BBC.
Councillor Steven Broadbent said: ‘We want to apologise to the people who parked at Railway Place and Duke Street car parks in High Wycombe this week and who received parking tickets during a closure of the car park.’
‘Whilst we do enforce parking across the county these tickets should not have been issued and we will be reversing the parking tickets (PCNs) to everyone who received them.
‘Only a small number of parking bays should have been closed to install brand new EV charging bays rather than the whole car park and we did not give our customers enough notice of this action.’
‘We are sorry for any inconvenience and upset caused. Anyone who has been ticketed should take no further action as the notices will be cancelled, and anyone who has already paid the PCN charge will be refunded’