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Motorists given ‘final warning’ in Coalisland

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Motorists given ‘final warning’ in Coalisland thumbnailTraffic Wardens are back on the streets of Coalisland, but no tickets have been issued.

TRAFFIC Wardens have refused to issue financial penalties upon their return to Coalisland, despite observing two motorists 'breaching regulations'.

A parking fine has not been issued in the town for the past six years.

Last week, two attendants patrolled the town just weeks after being forced to withdraw from the town after a barrage of verbal abuse.

Usually when a motorist breaches regulations a £90 Penalty Charge Notice is handed out, but on this occasion the Red Coats issued 'warning notices' instead.

"This was the final patrol in which warning notices were to be issued instead of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) and two warning notices were issued," a spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure confirmed.

"Traffic attendants have patrolled Coalisland on two previous occasions this year, on 22nd August and 10th November. No PCNs have been issued to date."

On 10th November Traffic Wardens were subjected to verbal abuse and forced to leave, prompting a review and risk assessment from the Department.

The PSNI has issued five parking tickets in Coalisland since 2010.

In defending the lack of parking tickets issued in the town, road officials have said Coalisland does not have many restrictions to enforce, such as double yellow lines.

They have also previously blamed politicians for opposing the creation of new parking restrictions.

Speaking to the Courier a spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure was unable to confirm how many warning notices had been issued in other towns throughout the year.

"When carrying out trails to assess the parking enforcement needs in an area, as was the case in Coalisland recently, warning notices may be issued," said the spokesperson.

"No formal record of how many warning notices may have been issued is kept because they are provided for information purposes and are not therefore mandatory."

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