A motorist who was given a ticket at Magowan Buildings car park, even though official photos showed her car within the markings, had has her ticket cancelled.
But there still appears to be confusion among motorists as to whether parking is permitted in these spaces.
I think it is unfair that the spaces are still being targeted by the wardensJoanne Vince
Joanne Vince received the letter on Friday from DRD, 10 days after she appealed the ticket, but said she was given no explanation or apology as to why the decision had been reversed.
However, enquiries by the Portadown Times have established that some of the old markings have not yet been removed properly by DRD, resulting in what the department refers to as “minor confusion for a small number of car park customers”.
Ms Vince claims other motorists are still being ticketed for parking in the same space, even though the ‘fault’ apparently lies with the DRD.
The Portadown Times contacted DRD for clarification on whether or not motorists are currently permitted to park within the older lines.
In response, a spokesperson for the department said, “Traffic attendants have been made aware of these areas and will enforce appropriately until the situation is rectified.”
Ms Vince, who works in Portadown, was given the ticket at the end of last month after she had gone out on her lunch break. She had parked within the markings, just opposite B&M Bargains, but when she returned to her car five minutes later, discovered she had been given a ticket.
Speaking at the time she said, “I knew I was within the spaces because I had actually walked around the front of my car to take a quick look at my tyres as I was worried about one of them being a bit flat.”
Since then, she said, she had spoken to a traffic warden “who told me they had been told by their bosses that the spaces with the old markings on them were no longer spaces and therefore anyone who parked on them would continue to be ticketed”.
She added, “The traffic warden even agreed with me that the spaces should have been burnt off properly.”
She said a work colleague had witnessed an argument just last week between a warden and a woman who was parked in the same place and who had received a ticket.
Ms Vince added, “Hopefully my story will help people to avoid the spaces in future so that they won’t have the upset of having to challenge them.
“I am glad my charge was cancelled but think it is unfair that the spaces are still being targeted by the wardens.
“High Street Mall are now offering the first two hours free so I know where I will be parking from now on.”
A DRD spokesperson added, “The removal of these remnants of older lines will take place as soon as possible.”