Motorists who misuse parking spaces at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Princess Royal are to be fined £60 from next month.
A new parking enforcement system starts today but people will get warnings until the end of this month.
For years there have been problems at the car parking areas on the sprawling hospital site off Acre Street with some visitors even parking on double yellow lines and blocking routes in and out.
But now bosses have decided to get get tough and crack down on those who abuse the facilities – particularly some motorists without blue badges who use spaces meant for disabled visitors.
Fines will be £60 with a 50% reduction for payment in 14 days, the system used by Kirklees Council across the district’s roads.
They can be paid by telephone and appealed, especially where clinical factors are involved.
The rules apply to all patients, visitors and staff at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust sites including Calderdale Royal Hospital.
A Trust spokeswoman said there were long-standing issues at the hospitals regarding on-site parking where space is at a premium.
She said there were many instances where access for patients, their families and staff is being impeded.
Users are not using designated parking areas properly and are also causing problems for ambulance access and vital deliveries to the Trust.
To try to improve matters the car parking enforcement scheme will be implemented from today.
Anyone parking outside a designated parking space will be given a warning notice with fines coming into force next month.
Director of Planning, Performance, Estates and Facilities Lesley Hill said: “We have tried to create accessible car parking in the space available at our sites which delivers easy access for everyone – yet we are still having problems.
“The spaces for disabled visitors and patients are being used by people without blue badges and vital routes in and out of the hospital are being blocked.
“We are implementing a number of measures including park and ride facilities for staff as well as the car parking enforcement to provide safer sites for everyone.”
Full information about the changes will also be posted on all appointment letters. The Trust says all the money received in fines will be reinvested in improving car parking facilities for users.
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