Amputee’s vow
to fight ticket bay confusion

Adrian Yates says the disabled bays in Market Street are unclear and should last longer than 6pm
Adrian Yates says the disabled bays in Market Street are unclear and should last longer than 6pm
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A double amputee has vowed to fight a parking ticket he got for parking on a taxi rank in Blackpool town centre.

Adrian Yates said he thought he was in a disabled spot and didn’t realise he was actually in a Market Street loading bay, which becomes a taxi rank at 6pm, because signs there are ‘too small’.

The council has pledged to use ‘common sense’ when it considers the 48-year-old’s appeal, although it said the street is clearly marked with standard-sized signs.

Mr Yates, who was slapped with the £35 fine while eating at Nando’s on December 13, said: “While I appreciate the council’s argument, the sign is really and truly pathetic.

“Unless you are really looking will will not see it. The road is not well marked and what really, really annoys me is the fact the town that night was a ghost town.

“There was not a soul about in Market Street or the
pubs and the fact they ticketed other cars too makes me furious.”

Mr Yates lost his legs through diabetes and uses prosthetic limbs for short walks and a wheelchair for longer distances.

He said he usually parks on the street because he fears his 2015 Vauxhall Mokka is more vulnerable to damage in multi-storey carparks.

“The council need to make it clear it’s a taxi rank between 6pm and 8am because it isn’t and disabled people are being punished,” he added.

The stretch of Market Street outside the Che Bar and CoCo nightclubs are currently loading bays from 8am to 6pm and taxi ranks between 6pm and 8am.

Just yards down the road, outside Yates and The Layton Raikes, blue badge holders are allowed to park between 8am and 6pm, although that stretch also becomes a taxi rank between 6pm and 8pm.

Blackpool Council’s parking boss, Coun Christine Wright, said: “When officers issue parking tickets they do not know the individual circumstances of motorists or the reasons that led to someone parking in a restricted area.

“We regularly revoke tickets through the appeals process once we are informed of extenuating circumstances.

“We haven’t received a letter of appeal from Mr Yates but once we do, it will be treated with the same common sense approach we always use.”