Fines for overstaying in Motherwell town centre car parks at night have been scrapped - thanks to the Motherwell Times and an angry motorist.
Jon Short didn’t think there would be a problem when he left his car in the near-deserted area behind the shops in Brandon Parade after 6pm.
He went to the nearby Wetherspoons pub for a family meal to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday.
But the 26-year-old plasterer got a shock a few days later when a parking penalty notice arrived in the post. It demanded £80 because he had exceeded the three-hour car park time limit.
Mr Short, of Newarthill, said: “I was taken aback. I don’t dispute I was in the wrong, but I didn’t realise the limit was in force 24 hours a day.”
His aunt also got a fine for exceeding the three-hour limit that night, but both have been cancelled after Motherwell town centre manager Geraldine El Masrour intervened.
She said: “I’m glad this has been brought to our attention. We want to develop a night economy so we can’t have this parking restriction. From now on the limit will not apply after 6pm.”
More on this story in the Motherwell Times, out tomorrow.