Call for permits to stop carers receiving parking fines in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 06:51 16 September 2017
Carers visiting sick and elderly people in Exmouth are being hit with parking fines, it has been said.
Councillors are calling for a solution to the problem, which they say is due to carers visiting clients in areas such as Douglas Avenue having no option but to park on double yellow lines.
Devon County Council (DCC) says carers can apply for parking permits – but double yellow lines are not included in this.
The permits allow parking in DCC pay and display bays, which are only found in Exmouth on the seafront, residents’ parking areas, of which Exmouth has none, and limited waiting bays, only found in Exmouth in shopping areas.
Town and district councillor Mark Williamson said the county council should amend its regulations, allowing carers to have permits to park on double and single yellow lines.
He said: “The issue raised by residents who have carers, is where they are visiting an elderly or sick person, some with long-term conditions, and there is no visitors parking, they can’t find a parking place. There are people whose
carers are being ticketed, and it’s a £40 fine.
“It’s a gap in the regulations and it’s a serious gap, as it’s hurting an awful lot of people.”
County councillor Christine Channon said the issue was particularly important as Exmouth had been a trial area for ‘hospital at home’ schemes.
She said: “It’s very difficult for some of our care workers. I have spoken to [DCC leader] John Hart about it and said it’s very important we get this sorted.”
A DCC spokesperson said: “We value and support those who provide care in our communities and we offer special parking exemptions which we promote through our website and through clinical commissioning teams.
“This exemption allows parking without time limit or payment in limited waiting areas, residents’ parking and on-street pay and display parking areas within the DCC boundaries, when carrying out duties while visiting people we support in their own homes.
“However, the terms of the exemption do not include areas where other restrictions apply, such as yellow lines.”
The spokesperson said the current exemption had been promoted among carers in recent years and proved popular, but added: “Unfortunately at this stage we cannot permit parking on yellow line restrictions.”