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'Give Drivers A Break'-Dorchester BID


9:13am 7th June 2014
(Updated 1:58pm 9th June 2014)

Dorchester BID think drivers using on street parking meters in the county town deserve a break.

They say a high number of parking fines are being issued on Trinity Street, Princes Street and High West Street.

BID Chair Mike Reed thinks traffic wardens could be a bit kinder;

"I'd like to see longer grace periods before tickets are issued, I would like to see short term parking, easier cheaper or even freer in those areas."

Dorset County Council is in charge of on street parking.

Group Manager Simon Gledhill told Wessex FM:

"During the last financial year (2013) 298 tickets were issued to drivers who stayed over their time in Trinity Street, Princes Street and High West Street. So on average less than 1 ticket was issued a day for all three roads, and some of those tickets might not have been upheld.  We're not allowed to make on-street parking cheaper than what it costs to park in the car parks.  There's no such thing really as free parking as someone has to pay for it somewhere."

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