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Delivery drivers complain of ‘overzealous’ traffic wardens

Drivers making deliveries to some Newry businesses have complained that overzealous traffic wardens are “making life extremely difficult” for them as they go about their work, SDLP MLA Justin McNulty has claimed.

Mr McNulty says he has written to Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to highlight the issue after receiving complaints from delivery drivers who say they are “at their wits end”.

“They’re telling me it’s very difficult for them to make a delivery to businesses in the town without being issued with a parking ticket or moved on,” he said.  “Regulations allow for someone to park whilst they are actively loading and unloading; and even whilst the drivers are carrying goods in and out of a shop, the back door of their vehicles are left open and hazard lights on, they are still being targeted by the ‘red coats’.”

While acknowledging the role of traffic wardens, Mr McNulty says businesses “need to be able to operate”.

“Concerns have previously been raising about difficulties facing motorists and the restrictions to on-street parking but this takes the issue to a whole new level.  If this approach continues, these operatives will drive businesses out of Newry.

“I have written to the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard asking for a review of the way the parking enforcement teams are working in Newry.  This is not about stopping people doing their job, it’s ensuring a common sense approach to parking enforcement.”