Lives are being put at risk by city centre workers who park for free on residential streets, just five minutes walk from central Leeds, it is claimed.
Outraged residents say their selfish and ‘thrifty’ parking choice means that fire engines and ambulances cannot get through in an emergency.
Plus their streets are blocked like a “cup final day”.
To save daily parking bills ranging from £4 to £25 a day, workers dump their cars on the Ebor Gardens estate.
Residents of the Burmantofts inner-city estate say workers turn up every weekday morning claiming space on their roads and pavements, causing chaos and making lives a misery.
Many cars block drives and make it dangerous to cross the road for pedestrians, as some streets such as Rigton Approach, are completely blocked in.
“It looks like a cup final match day,” said one resident, who did not wish to be named.
“Cars are simply everywhere. Lots are complaining about it, but if they have a tax disc, they can park anywhere.”
People living on streets such as Rigton Approach and Rigton Drive say workers are taking advantage of parking for free on their doorsteps, to avoid hefty charges.
Councillor Asghar Khan (Lab, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) said the problem was being tackled to ensure routes were not blocked for ambulances or fire engines.
Coun Khan said he was aware of the problems of commuter parking in areas of Burmantofts and was working with Leeds City Council, the police and other authorities to try to address the issues.
“Commuters often park in areas of Burmantofts close to the city to avoid paying for parking in town. Many residents have told us about their difficulty parking in the area and the frustration it causes them,” said Coun Khan. “We are working closely with the police, the council and other authorities to ensure that we do as much as possible to deal with the problem. We will ensure that driveways, streets and, in particular, emergency access routes are not blocked by careless parking.”
A spokeswoman for the Rigton Residents’ Association said: “It starts early on a morning and cars are here for the day. They park all over the place for free and we want something to be done.”