Motorists hit by '˜illegal' fines at Chesterfield Royal layby
A Calow man says thousands of drivers have been hit with '˜illegal' parking fines at a layby opposite Chesterfield Royal.
Reg Oliver, 82, of Lime Close says the yellow lines that have been painted on the entrances to layby should not be there.
As a result, he claims Derbyshire County Council has received revenue through incorrect fines for several years.
“I don’t like people getting ripped off,” says Reg.
“I can’t abide things like that - I just want a level playing field for drivers.”
The issue arose a few years ago when a traffic regulation order - or TRO - was imposed on Chesterfield Road.
However, the yellow lines that were added to the road at the time were extended into the layby - illegally says Reg.
“The council says it isn’t really a layby but the plan for the TRO itself says it is,” he says.
“They have dug themselves a hole they can’t get out of it.”
Reg has even gone so far as to leave notes on people’s cars telling them they can challenge the fines - but says people are ‘frightened to death’ of doing so.
Reg - who has 30 years experience in the transport sector and another 15 in road safety - says he has also been in touch with the police as part of his campaign, but they have told him that no crime has been committed.
A county council spokesman said: “This is an access road, not a layby, and the parking tickets that have been issued have been for contravening the yellow lines at both entrances.
“However, there is a comprehensive appeals process so if someone has had a parking ticket which they don’t believe they should have received then they can challenge it through that process.”