Leeds hospital car fines alert

'LIKE A FISHING NET': Ivan Lee warned of dangers of parking at the Chancellor Wing.

'LIKE A FISHING NET': Ivan Lee warned of dangers of parking at the Chancellor Wing.

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A HOSPITAL visitor to St James’ Hospital has warned of the parking regulations after he was fined.

Ivan Lee, 50, of Moortown, received a £20 fine after parking on double yellow lines outside the Chancellor Wing last month while visiting his mother.

Mr Lee has been visiting the hospital for six years and won an appeal against the fine.

He said: “If you have a disabled badge you can park on double yellow lines and although this is a private car park, there should be a clear sign stipulating that blue badge holders are not allowed to park there.

“It is like a fishing net. They are just waiting for people to turn up.

“Lots of people will be going in to visit sick people and coming out with a fine.

“It’s astounding and absolutely diabolical. I am prepared to pay for the sign myself.”

He added: “I can’t tell you how much aggravation this has caused.”

A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “We run two of the largest and busiest hospital sites in the country and need to ensure quick access to hospital entrances, maintain clear traffic flows on our roads and appropriate use of our parking facilities.

“Our hospital sites are private land and our parking regulations are clearly signposted in our car parks and designated parking areas. Vehicles which breach our parking regulations are issued with a penalty notice or – in extreme circumstances – removed.

“Unfortunately, there are occasions when drivers displaying a blue disabled badge have parked in locations with double yellow lines or have blocked entrances.

“This can prevent access for emergency vehicles or delay important hospital deliveries, so when parking restrictions are breached we have no alternative other than to issue a parking charge notice for obstruction.

“In Mr Lee’s case following receipt of his appeal the decision was taken to uphold it and cancel the penalty charge notice.

“Our policy does allow blue badge holders to use any one of around 2,700 marked bays on site, 80 of which are solely for them.”

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