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Hundreds of vehicles were checked and more than 20 seized as police launched a crackdown on dangerous parking in parts of Derby.
More than 300 vehicles were inspected by officers and 22 removed from the roads in a special operation which came about following complaints from residents and businesses who feared inconsiderate parking in Normanton and Pear Tree had got out of control.
Usually, parking patrols within the city are managed by Derby City Council staff but police officers said they had got involved because the council wardens often receive abuse.
Derbyshire Constabulary released a video on Wednesday showing the operation in action and explained one of the main reasons behind it was because on-call emergency vehicles often struggled to travel up and down the roads because of bad parking – especially on Normanton Road.
Normanton / Pear Tree parking crackdown
The operation saw:
- 330 vehicles checked
- 176 Parking Notices issued
- 22 vehicles seized for no insurance or documents
- 6 vehicles found with no MOT
- 4 drivers reported for using a mobile phone while driving
- 3 vehicles dealt with for being in a dangerous condition
- 2 drivers reported for not wearing a seatbelt
Police said the operation saw a total of 176 parking notices issued for an array of offences, while three vehicles were found to be in dangerous condition.
PCSO Amy Ratcliffe said: “This has been an operation we have been running for two weeks aiming to get results in relation to traffic and parking offences in the Normanton and Pear Tree areas.
“We are doing this operation mainly for the safety of road users and members of the public. We receive a lot of complaints from people and businesses about the parking in Normanton, mainly concerning the fact people just park anywhere to go to shops or take-aways.
“One of the main reasons we are also doing this operation is because there are a lot of emergency vehicles which struggle to get up and down the road, there are people who park on double yellow lines or on zig-zags blocking the highway.
“Usually this is something the council civic enforcement officers deal with, however, we’ve decided to support them due to the levels of both physical and racial abuse they receive just doing their day-to-day job, which isn’t acceptable.”