THE top ten areas of the Dungannon District where drivers are most likely to get a parking ticket have been revealed.
The list shows a big difference between towns and villages in the district with motorists apparently able to park with impunity in places such as Coalisland.
According to the parking ticket figures released by the Department of Regional Development, there appears to be a gaping absence of penalty notices issued in East Tyrone.
Whereas Dungannon had 2331 tickets issued in the past year, Clogher 126, Fivemiletown, 96, Moy 40 and Donaghmore 1, there were no tickets issued at all in Coalisland, Stewartstown and Newmills.
However, the DRD has denied that any town or village is a ‘No Go Area’ for traffic attendants. Instead, the department said that some areas have “no traffic management need”.
A DRD spokesman said: “There are no ‘no-go areas’ as far as parking enforcement is concerned.
“There are, however, a number of rural towns and villages with few, if any, parking restrictions to enforce. This may be because there is no traffic management need.
“Where Roads Service receives requests in some areas – either from the police or members of the public – to address an identified need, it does its best to accommodate that request. In many such cases, the initial reasons for the request abate after one or two visits by traffic attendants.”
The other ticketless towns in the North are Pomeroy, Dungiven, Claudy, Draperstown, Cushendall and Glenarm.
Top of the list in the local district for parking tickets is Dungannon’s Castlehill carpark with 392 tickets issued in the past year, followed by nearby Scotch Street, which has strict one hour waiting rules, at 316.
Market Square came third in the list at 304, with Scotch Street North Car Park at 281 and Irish Street at 239.
Thomas Street, which serves a number of busy offices, had 148 tickets issued, Ann Street East car park, had 98, George’s Street 74, Northland Row 52 and Church Street 49.