108 parking tickets issued in just 3 weeks
A TOTAL of 108 tickets were dished out in just THREE weekends to selfish drivers parking in one of Dunfermline's main thoroughfares.
Fife police issued the tickets to drivers in New Row over three consecutive Sundays after receiving complaints from Central Dunfermline Community Council and the public about parking problems in the city centre.
'Operation Heriot' saw the police's community team initially going out on an education drive in February to advise the public against parking in the street, which is just for loading and unloading.
Parking tickets were issued the following three Sundays.
A Fife Constabulary spokesman said the inconsiderate parking had caused "congestion more than anything" and "blocked traffic", which had left people "unable to go about their daily business".
Ben Evans, Central Dunfermline Community Council vice-chair, told the Press, "People were parking at the top of New Row with no regard to traffic.
"Transportation services changed the parking system up there a few months ago so it's now just for loading and unloading.
"We had received complaints from the public which is why we brought it up with the police.
"In my opinion anybody that parks there is going to cause a problem. They make it dangerous for everybody - for traffic and pedestrians.
"They should not be parking there but some people just think they can park anywhere they want.
"We have no sympathy for anybody who parks there and gets a ticket."
The police spokesman said the cops would be "keeping an eye on it and see how it goes".
He added, "It's quite a lot of tickets and we'll see if we need to do it again or carry out another education drive."
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Apr 13, 09:42
The selfishness (or is it just plain laziness) of some people knows no bounds.
Now hopefully they'll turn their attention to the cars which continue to make their way down the High Street without blue badges !
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Apr 13, 11:13
the problems concerning illegal entry and parking during the evenings in the high street pedestrianised area has in fact been allowed to continue for years , and despite regular assurances from the authorities that the area is effectively monitored problems regarding vehicles illegally entering and parking during the evening hours still regularly exist with up to twelve vehicles being allowed to enter and park illegally for hours at a time going unnattended by any evening law enforcement patrols.
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Apr 13, 13:34
If Fife cooncil actually started to represent the people and listen to the vast majority they would scrap their absurd car parking charges and encourage people to park in the towns large car parks. What do the traffic wardens / cooncil jobsworths hope to achieve by issuing parking tickets apart from alienating even more of the public?
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Apr 13, 16:23
This problem is not unique to the New Row on Sundays.
Just try negotiating;
Any area of any Primary School prior to daily lessons and post classes, cars abandoned anywhere and everywhere including on footpaths.
Halbeath road around East End Park and adjacent side streets on a Matchday.
Aberdour road and adjacent side streets on a Sunday.
But then again these areas will be too far from a Gregg’s shop for traffic wardens to deal with!
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Apr 14, 17:18
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Apr 17, 16:54
Also try negotiating the pavement at the corner of Birrell Drive and Alder Grove in Pitcorthie using a wheelchair:
Every evening and all weekend there is a large black 4 x 4, a white decorators van, and a silver Ford Ka all parked on the pavement, resulting in wheelchair users having to bump down onto the road so as to get past. This is on a slope, making it very dangerous indeed.
This has been reported to the local police a couple of days ago, so I expect swift action will hopefully be taken.
Rather than 'reporting' my comment on this subject above to the Press again, perhaps the owner(s) of these vehicles could comment on here why they do this, making life very difficult for less-able folk??
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Apr 17, 17:20
People parking on the New Row should have their cars towed. It is a busy road used by buses; lorries; vans; and cars - as well as pedestrians. Drivers who park there have no regard for anyone except themselves and should be punished for their selfishness. Similarly, it seems impossible to walk for even a short distance down our 'pedestrianised' High Street, without having to make way for cars and vans - onto an area which used to be pavement, but now also heaving with parked vehicles! Perhaps Fife Council should advise where pedestrians are 'allowed' to walk, as drivers currently seem to rule in Dunfermline.
Recommend? Yes 26 No 0
Apr 18, 22:13
Dunfyresident, in a pedestrianised road, pedestrians have the right of way. NOT cars.
If you want to walk down the middle of the road, then you can, however, if you walk in front of a car dangerously and they hit you, they will not be held responsible.
A pedestrian may not expect a vehicle to approach while in a pedestrian area, but the driver of the vehicle should expect to encounter pedestrians. The onus is therefore on the driver to operate the vehicle safely.
If they use the size of their vehicle to bully you off the road, or strike you, then it's an offence.
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Apr 18, 23:24
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Apr 19, 02:45
must have been overtime on offer for this weekend action to have taken place , the last time i actually saw dunferline traffic wardens in action was directing traffic at a funeral outside falkland palace in falkland, why traffic wardens from kirkcaldy which is nearer could not provide this service raises serious concerns regarding traffic warden deployment in the dunfermline area.
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