ANGRY Lindley shopkeepers claim people breaking parking rules are ruining their trade.
They claim people are abusing a free car park and one-hour-restricted on-street parking at Lidget Street - meaning there is nowhere for customers to park.
Drivers have been leaving their cars in the free car park and then catching a bus to work all day to avoid paying high town centre parking fees.
Some have even been spotted leaving their own cars at Lidget Street and getting into friends' vehicles before heading in the direction of the M62.
Andrew James works at clothing store Banana Beach, which is owned by his wife Julie.
He said: "All the parking is being taken up by people going to work and leaving their cars here all day.
"It is annoying when customers tell you that they haven't called in as often as they'd like to because there is nowhere to park.
"The problem has been getting worse over the last six months. It's affecting passing trade for all the shops on this street.
"It's horrendous for the residents too because they can't park near their houses."
Mr James said there are rarely traffic wardens enforcing the one-hour parking zone limits.
He said: "The one time I remember a warden coming and giving tickets it did work because people stopped parking there all day.
"But usually, it's just forgotten about up here. If wardens came up once a day, it would solve the problem and make them some money."
Bob Armitage, senior traffic warden for Huddersfield police, said patrols were active in the Lindley area - but a lack of staff meant constant patrols on every street were impossible.
He said: "We are aware of the problem. People have contacted us before and we have caught a few people.
"In July the council is taking over responsibility for our job, so we are drastically understaffed at the moment, because every time someone leaves they are not replaced."