Have you ever been hit by an unfair parking ticket in Falmouth because of the worn away road markings? You’re not alone.
Students across Falmouth and Penryn are becoming more and more frustrated by massive fines being handed out for parking on double yellow lines when the lines are virtually invisible.
Parking fines can be challenged if evidence of the damage is shown and it is a legitimately unclear. However, it is down to the judgement of the council as to whether the case is legitimate or not.
The council also claims that if worn road markings are challenged and are a legitimate problem, then they will make an effort to rectify the problem.
“the area should be immediately inspected and remedial work undertaken as soon as practicable.”
But what does “as soon as practicable” mean? This vague response to the road marking crisis allows the council to let the problem lie while the problem grows.
Last year an extra £2.9million was put into “more than 1,800 road maintenance and drainage schemes across Cornwall.” The council also publishes a series of photographs of the before and after scenes of the road markings that have been repainted.
But are these changes enough? Although there is work being done to renew the road markings, there is also a list published on the website of 75 locations across Falmouth and Penryn that are in need of renovations. Clearly this is a problem that is in serious need of attention.
From a community level there doesn’t seem to be enough being done to tackle this issue.
Milo Gore, a student at Falmouth University tells Truthfal that his friend, Max was fined £70 for parking on very faded double yellow lines over night.
“There were no cones anywhere and the lines, already faded and hardly visible in the light of day, were non-existent in the dark. So I just don’t understand how they can then charge a £70 fine.”
When asked whether he thought actions were being taken to improve the yellow lines his friend was caught out on, he didn’t think so.
“Well this was 1 month ago. They still haven’t repainted the lines so they take the 70 quid and then just leave it to trap more people, essentially.”
Milo took to a student based Facebook page, Penryn Campus Fitfinder to voice his annoyance about the situation. Fellow students replied to the post agreeing that the fine was unfair and that he should contest it. Many commented that they had faced similar fines and nothing was being done as a result.
So if you’ve had a bad experience with the roads in Falmouth, we need your stories and pictures. If you have any stories about your own encounters or encounters of your friends and family, email firstname.lastname@example.org