More than 170 drivers caught in no parking zone in the Bath street with no yellow lines
More than 170 drivers are being caught out each year by the absence of double yellow lines highlighting parking restrictions in an historic Bath street.
Bath Street, which runs from Stall Street to the Thermae Bath Spa, is a no parking zone, but because of the historic nature of the area the traditional lines were replaced by signs more than ten years ago.
However, it is proving confusing to those who do not know the area well, with traffic wardens handing out 532 parking tickets over the past three years, which amounts to around three and a half each week.
It seems it is such a ticket hotspot that Google StreetView’s image of the road includes a traffic warden issuing a ticket to the first in a long line of illegally parked cars.
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A spokesman for Bath and North East Somerset Council insisted there were clear signs highlighting the parking restrictions placed on the corners of Bath Street and on pillars along the stretch of road.
He added that these had been given the approval of the Department of Transport as the most effective way of protecting the historic nature of the street.
But one visitor from London who got caught out in the street has described the situation as a “tourist trap”.
David Kerr, who was recently in Bath, said: “This has left a really bitter taste at the end of our long weekend. All the efforts of the locals running businesses and being kind and pleasant is completely tainted by the greed of your local authority.”
He added: “It’s not the cost of the parking ticket, it’s the principle. People of Bath should oppose this as it’s damaging to the reputation.”