Parking fines for lifeboat volunteers

Broughty Ferry lifeboat
Broughty Ferry lifeboat

Broughty Lifeboat crewmen were handed parking tickets by a “jobsworth” warden as they rushed out to an emergency call at the weekend.

Broughty Ferry’s lifeboat crew, one of the busiest in Scotland, were sent out in horrendous conditions on Sunday afternoon in response to a shout.

But when the crewmen returned to their cars after the routine operation off the coast of Dundee they discovered a council parking warden had issued them with tickets.

Dundee City Council said they were investigating the incident.

One crew member, who did not want to be named, said: “It just beggars belief.

“We have always had special dispensation and even have notices we put in our windscreens which say we are out on a shout.

“For some jobsworth to come and issue us with tickets is frustrating to say the least.

“We do park on double yellow lines as finding a space is a big issue in the area but we don’t have any time to waste and we always make sure we are not causing an obstruction or blocking traffic in any way.”

The crew had hoped their tickets would be immediately rescinded given they are often engaged in life and death situations on call outs.

However, the crewman added: “We had hoped common sense would prevail but were merely told the tickets had been issued and there was nothing further they could do.

“At the end of the day we were called out on a Sunday to what could have been an emergency situation and it is just a bit galling to end up being penalised.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “We are looking into the circumstances surrounding this but it is always open to anyone to appeal if they feel they have been given a fixed penalty notice unreasonably.”

A spokesman for the lifeboat station added: “As far as I am aware two cars received tickets, but I cannot be certain both were owned by crew members.

“The warden was doing his job and there are no hard feelings.

“Parking down here can be very difficult.

“I know one of the crew members has already appealed online against the fine.”