Ten minute allowance over expired tickets

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Motorists may be granted a ten minute ‘allowance’ period for expired parking tickets, member of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been told.

Councillors were provided with the update at Monday night’s meeting of the Operational Committee.

It comes as a response to an earlier call by Carrick Councillor John Stewart, who suggested that parking attendants could exercise a more flexible approach before issuing a fixed penalty notice for expired tickets.

During last month’s committee meeting, Cllr Stewart commented: “There are people who do go out of their way to pay for a parking tickets and then, through no fault of their own, have inadvertently gone over their time. We could have a more flexible approach for anything up to 15 minutes.”

Responding to the query on Monday evening, director of Operations Philip Thompson said: “I have spoken to the off-street car parking manager and he confirmed that there is a 10 minute allowance period across the province.”

The local authority has responsibility for some 27 off-street car parks.