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Motorists who park badly at Forest P&R could be clamped or towed

Nottingham’s tram network has launched a new campaign targeting inconsiderate motorists who break NET’s car parking rules, with warnings that they risk having their vehicle clamped or even towed away.

From Monday, October 17, the network operator will be stepping up enforcement patrols at its Forest Park and Ride site to deter drivers from misusing the facilities or leaving their car without buying a valid tram ticket.

New signage has also been installed to inform motorists of the byelaws regulating the facility, and to highlight that unlawful parking could result in a £140 vehicle release fee or a charge of £200 if the vehicle needs to be removed from the site.

Trevor Stocker, NET’s Head of Operations, explained: “By far the majority of people park correctly, but at The Forest we’ve recently seen an increasing number of motorists leaving their cars outside marked bays and using disabled spaces without a Blue Badge.

“This selfish behaviour makes parking more difficult for our customers, particularly those with mobility issues, who frequently ask us to take action against those responsible. In extreme cases incorrectly parked vehicles can even restrict access for the emergency services.

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“Those found flouting the rules and parking unlawfully – including motorists suspected of parking up with no intention of using the tram – now risk having their vehicles clamped or even towed away.”

During the campaign, any charges applied for the release of vehicles will cover the cost of the enforcement action, and a robust appeals process has been put in place for anyone who feels they have been treated unfairly.

“Five per cent of the charges will also be donated to charitable causes that help NET to make the tramway safer for everyone,” Trevor added.

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