parking ticket for parking in Ripon coach car park

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  1. dalmore_pam

    dalmore_pam Read Only Funster

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    We visited Ripon on a Saturday and because all the centre car parks were busy the only place we could fit our van in was in the coach car park. There was only one small coach, more like a minibus parked there. It did state coaches only but many times we have been directed to park in coach car parks, so we thought we'd be OK. Although it was free, we bought a ticket from the nearby car park to show we weren't trying to get out of paying for a parking space. We shopped in town, spending £40+ and came back to a £70 parking ticket. So be warned, motorhomes can't use Ripon's coach park. I read another post on here where someone else did and they seemed to be ok. They got a ticket for not paying for multiple bays, which is fair enough. Seems crazy when other areas of the country and Yorkshire do allow motorhomes to use them. We thought we were being considerate by keeping out of everyone's way.
     
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    Hard luck when you were trying to be considerate. We are very fond of Ripon and visit it most years but have never tried to park in the town. We stop on one of two camp sites on the edge of town and walk in to the centre.
     
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    Unfortunate because Harrogate Council is pretty good in allowing motorhomes to use car parks, so long as a ticket is purchased for each bay used.

    However, as posted previously (and on my web site home page) but worth repeating - "In any car park, check any signs to ensure that your vehicle is allowed to park there. In particular, do not use coach bays unless specifically told you can."

    Whilst a few councils (and attractions) allow motorhomes to use coach spaces the majority allow only coaches in coach parking spaces because they have few of them, coach drivers need somewhere to park easily so as not to exceed permitted driving hours and they bring significant number of visitors to the area. One of the problems with coach parks is that they can be empty at one moment and then full shortly afterwards because of the nature of day trips and the like.

    Similar restrictions often apply to HGV parking spaces.
     
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    Perhaps contacting them and explaining might help ... worth a try!
     
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    Sorry bout your experience. I was done for parking once on Chester Roo Dee Car park .. which apart from a car miles away was empty.... I had parked in a bay with my wing mirror overlapping the next bay.. :( ... so be really careful y'all.
     
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    Welcome to Fun! And welcome to motorhome friendly England! :)

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    I think you must be confused between car parks...

    Why would you meed to pay for multiple bays in a COACH park...even the largest RV will fit in a coach bay.
     
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    I think the point was that the other van owner had parked across 2 car park bays but bought only 1 ticket.
     
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    Yes, sorry if I wasn't clear. We did only park in one coach bay. It was a previous poster I was referring to when I mentioned that they'd parked in the coach park without getting a ticket. However, they subsequently got a ticket in another Ripon car park for parking across multiple bays, when they'd only bought one ticket. They must have been lucky to not have been ticketed in the coach park was my point.
     
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    I don't, they won't have me there with them. Not fair.
     
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    Welcome dalmore_pam and sorry to hear that you got a ticket.
    Worth a phone call to the council to see if they'll waiver it. As a Yorkshireman, I'd like to think that they'd be understanding, but then we are talking about someone at a council being a bit human!

    JeanLuc - which sites do you recommend?
     
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    Got it now. (y)
     
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    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. A lesson learned I guess.
     
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    We used to stay at a CS called Parkside but the chap who owns it now closes around October so we have stayed at River Laver. Both sites are adjacent on the road to Studley Royal.
     
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    Typical of woolly "council" thinking, Most places seem to think that Motor-home users are in the same category as Itinerants!. Very little provision for larger vehicles.

    The USA bye and large has a much better toleration of "R-V"s in general. many places, and especially "attractions" have dedicated space!.

    P.s. Oh! and before someone pipes up about our being a "small island" not having the space the US has. It`s about attitude NOT space. 2 or three Dedicated spaces in car parks would probably pay for themselves in No time with the extra "footfall" and spending!.

    Pete.
     
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    Or if nothing else, the council concerned can then fine the cars or maybe even the coaches, for using the motorhome bays :)
     
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    Was it a private parking firm? Had a few myself what get rolled up and thrown in the bin. If the council ran parking attendants/traffic wardens then pay up. Only ever had two from that lot what was paid straight away.
     
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    Me too. Never heard from them again. (y)

    Mind you, the van is registered to Rev Jonathan Mywyanga DaDa, 23, Red Hot Crumpet Street, Mombasa. :)
     
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