While the rest of the city embraced the joie de vivre of the Tour de France, one parking firm did its best to spoil the party – by slapping fines on official race vehicles.
An enforcement officer from Vehicle Control Services stuck parking charge notices to about a dozen cars – some with official Tour branding – outside Bewleys Hotel on Friday morning.
Even some French emergency services vehicles had been ticketed.
Ian Allinson, who works nearby, said: “I came into work and there were about 15 of these vehicles that had been given tickets.
“It’s disappointing – we’re all in the Tour de France spirit and meant to be welcoming these people. It doesn’t give a very good impression.”
But a spokesman for Vehicle Control Services said: “Vehicle Control Services, who are contracted to patrol this car park, were telephoned early morning on Friday by the client and were advised that vehicles were parked in their protected car park area.
“Contractual maintenance work was due to take place today and the car park area was to be used for the contractors. As a result of other vehicles being parked in this area, we were informed the contractors were unable to gain access.
“As far as we are aware, our client has not received any enquiries requesting permission to allow vehicles to use their private car park area. Our client telephoned and advised Vehicle Control Services to patrol and issue parking charge notices to any vehicles that were parked there without authority or permission of the landowner.
“Whilst we understand the significance of the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire, this does not in anyway constitute a licence for official Tour de France vehicles, which it appears these vehicles were, to park where they please on private land. We have therefore upheld the requirements of our client.”