Kirkcaldy is ‘hot spot’ for parking fines in Fife

Fixed penalty notices more common in Kirkcaldy than elsewhere in Fife
Fixed penalty notices more common in Kirkcaldy than elsewhere in Fife

Close to double the number of parking fines have been issued in Kirkcaldy compared to Dunfermline since the Council took over enforcement duties.

And the overall number of tickets issued in Fife has increased by just under 50 per cent.

At the end of April last year, Fife Council took over responsibility from the police for on-street parking enforcement. The Council was already in charge of car parks.

In the 11 months to the end of March this year, the Council’s parking attendants issued 6511 penalty charge notices (PCNs) in Kirkcaldy, compared to 3622 in Dunfermline.

Across Fife, there were 16,644 penalty charge notices (PCN) during the same 11-month period. The previous year, 12,285 notices were issued.

The Council’s focus during the first year of enforcement activity has been the main urban areas of Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and St Andrews.

But attendants have also responded to various requests for enforcement, such as outside school gates or in evenings, mainly in areas where there are double yellow lines.

The service is even condsidering setting up regular evening patrols as part of its normal working week.

Tony McRae, the Council’s lead officer for parking and public transport, reported public reaction to the presence of parking attendants had been mixed.

“Some have welcomed the new enforcement regime – shopkeepers, blue badge holders, residents in permit areas – but some recipients of PCNs have been very abusive and aggressive towards attendants,” he said. “There have been several incidents where the police have been involved.”

Failure to purchase or displat a ticket, parking for longer than permitted or after a ticket has expired, parking in no waiting areas or loading bays and parking outwith a bay were the most common reasons for the issuing of PCNs.