Home truths about paying for parking

PUBLISHED: 13:30 22 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:15 28 May 2010

I FIND it incomprehensible that a reputable newspaper should publish a picture of someone tearing up a legal parking ticket, and then boasting about it. What sort of signal does that send out to easily influenced younger readers? I refer, of course, to th

I FIND it incomprehensible that a reputable newspaper should publish a picture of someone tearing up a legal parking ticket, and then boasting about it.

What sort of signal does that send out to easily influenced younger readers?

I refer, of course, to the article in last week's paper concerning the Sainsbury's two-hour parking clampdown.

There are warning notices all over Sainsbury's, clearly stating the two-hour parking limit and no return within two hours.

I have no sympathy with anybody who gets a ticket.

If they can't read then they shouldn't be driving.

Regrettably, a lot of people ignore notices and even traffic signs. That's why there are so many problems with parking and other road traffic offences.

It seems to me the people who are making most fuss are those who want to park in the supermarket all day for free.

I can't think of any other town or city outside Fenland district where drivers enjoy that privilege. Sainsbury's should introduce pay-parking with shoppers refunded at the check-out. This system works in other towns and cities.

Two hours is more than enough time to do a shop in the supermarket. Those not shopping at Sainsbury's are well provided with parking facilities.

There are always spaces at City Road, there is a car park in Darthill Road, and the Community Centre in Station Road always has spaces.

I've probably said more than I should and no doubt upset a few people, but these home truths really do need highlighting, and I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me, but not publicly for some reason.

ROBERT HARVEY

Nene Parade

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