A furious tourist has slammed a fine he received for parking on a ‘single yellow line’, which he is convinced is white.
Scott, who wishes to be known only by his first name, stopped by Edinburgh’s Inverleith Place during a visit to the capital‘s Trinity area on Monday June 6.
The 34-year-old parked his car before walking his dog in nearby Inverleith Park around 3pm.
However, returning to his car an hour and a half later, Scott was stunned to find a penalty notice stuck under the wiper blade.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Scott said: “Confused I opened it to find I had allegedly breached some sort of parking restriction.
“Free parking around this area during the week is hard to come by, but I noticed a short stretch of road between some double yellows and a set of ‘Pay and Display’ bays, which at the time were active, according to the panel.
“Along this stretch were the remnants of a very worn line. The parts of the line that were still there were white, and I’m sure anyone looking at them would agree: not even slightly yellow.
“There was a driveway entrance along this short stretch of road and a wall, so I assumed the white lines were old ‘access protection’ markings – which, I should note, are entirely advisory and not legally binding. Anyway, I decided to park along the wall to avoid blocking the resident’s entrance.
Confident he was parked ‘perfectly legally’, Scott took to Edinburgh City Council’s portal to open a case against the £60 parking fine he received, explaining that ‘there were no markings on the road and no way of knowing if the ‘Pay and Display’ rule applied there.
The council responded by stating that Scott had parked in a single yellow line.
“I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” he said.
“They had sent me photos taken by a parking attendant of my car, claiming the reason I had been ticketed was that I had parked in a single yellow line.” Surprisingly, their own photographic evidence attached to the response shows that my car was parked on a white line.”
Stunned, Scott did his own research and discovered that the spot where he was parked once had a double yellow line – not a single yellow as the council claims and not a white line as it appears to have now – bringing bewilderment on a whole new level.
Scott said: “Even the car park attendant and the people handling ticket disputes can’t tell what kind of line it was. So how was I?
“The council is responsible for ensuring that these markings remain clear. Drivers cannot be expected to know what color a line was, only what color it is now – and when parking, that what remained of this line was white.
Scott has yet to pay the fine – and has no plans to – ready to further challenge the ticket and take it to court if the need arises.
He said: “This sort of behavior from the council should not be tolerated by drivers.
“If they want to continue handing out tickets for parking violations, they need to make sure the markings are clear. And the right number of lines. In the right color.”
Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council said: “Anyone who disagrees with the outcome of their parking ticket challenge to council can appeal the decision via the independent service Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal for Scotland.”
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