A council in north Wales has confirmed that it will be sticking by the decision of one of its civil enforcement officers to issue two parking tickets to two Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) which were parked outside of a local swimming pool in a ‘pay and display’ carpark.
Conwy County Borough Council said that because the medics were ‘in a meeting’ the £25 fines will still have to be paid.
However, the decision by the council to fine the medics has attracted an overwhelming amount of criticism from both members of the emergency services and the vast majority of the general public.
While, at the time, the RRV’s were not responding to an emergency, many emergency services personnel have said that, because the medics were on duty and could have been called upon to respond to an emergency at any time, then the tickets should be cancelled.
One ambulance worker, who did not want to be named, told us:
“Fining the ambulance staff is outrageous.
“They could have been called upon at any moment to save someone’s life, and the local council repay them for their selfless work by slapping them both with a £25 fine because they parked their emergency vehicles in a pay and display spot without first buying a ticket.
“It’s a shockingly bad decision and one that will only act to increase tensions between the emergency services and the council”.