Motorist claims he’s singled out for parking fine
GRADUATE Chris Kingshott is wrestling with the county council after he was penalised for parking his car on the pavement outside his home in Cheltenham.
The 24-year-old, who lives in a house share on Gloucester Road, claims he has been singled out after he was given a fixed-penalty fine for parking on a “wide” pedestrian footpath.
He claims that it has become an “unwritten rule” for residents to mount the kerb along the street as there is little to no parking in the area.
And he is also disappointed that his car seems to be the only vehicle fined, having parked there for the past three years.
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Mr Kingshott said: “I have lived on the road for four years and have never been fined before.
“We have two cars at our house and one of my housemates parks in the space around the back so there is nowhere near to park my car. Everyone on the street parks their cars on the pavement and it has never been a problem.
“There were at least four other cars parked [on the pavement] at the time and none of them have been fined.
“As far as I am aware, I didn't think it was legal to park on a pavement but everyone said that it was the done thing because there isn't any parking.
“It just feels like, if it is true what the council is saying, then why aren’t all the other cars breaking the law?
“I don't think everyone should get a ticket but, if you are going to do a job, then do it for everyone – don't pick and choose.”
But Gloucestershire County Council said that Mr Kingshott is not the only motorist to be fined for parking along the road.
Heather Clarke, from Gloucestershire County Council’s Parking Team said, “The pavement needs to be kept clear for use by pedestrians.
“Pavements are part of the highway and they are covered by the same restrictions as the road.
“Vehicles are not singled out. Any vehicle parked on the pavement may receive a parking ticket.
“Since April this year, 63 parking tickets have been issued on Gloucester Road in Cheltenham”