100 drivers caught out in Exeter boot sale clamp down
Scores of Exeter bargain hunters ended up out of pocket today after parking clamp down at the Matford Sunday market.
Around 100 drivers were hit by tickets when they parked up around the popular weekly car boot sale at the Livestock Centre in Marsh Barton.
One victim Ayesha Lovell said: “Money is tight for everyone at the moment and to return to your vehicle and find a penalty notice ordering you to pay £70, or £35 if paid quickly, breaks your heart.
“I was nearly in tears this morning as I have already had to pay my car tax this month and to get a fine like this is very upsetting. I have a one-year-old child and I work part time but I never seem to get ahead."
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She said that parking had often been an issue and there are no where near enough spaces for the amount of people that come to look around.
“The park & ride car park is always completely full, as are all of the spaces around both entrances to the car boot sale and both of the Matford Centre car parks.
“ It is in these instances where people have no choice but to park on grass verges, single yellow lines and even the double yellow lines.
“ I understand that where a vehicle is dangerously parked a ticket may be the right thing to do but to give vehicles tickets when they are safely parked on single yellows or grass verges on a Sunday morning is outrageous and unfair.
“You could park in the same space at the same time every Sunday for weeks and weeks and never get a ticket. Then, when you have been lulled into a false sense of security and think that it must be fine to park there, the van with several parking attendants arrives one random Sunday and gives out tickets en masse.
“I saw many families who were quite upset this morning and I think we need to start a campaign against this victimisation .”
An Exeter City Council representative said:
"We enforce the parking regulations because it is unlawful to park there and over the years we have had complaints from road users and pedestrians about public safety being compromised by certain motorists ignoring the restrictions. Our officers can't be everywhere all the time, so we will target specific areas at random to encourage compliance with the regulations."