Glasgow City Council have, reportedly, stooped to a new low in a bid to target Rangers fans after traffic wardens were ordered to issue parking tickets around Ibrox that were not “legal.”
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order was in place around the stadium for Saturday’s game with Livingston but when it was cancelled due to Storm Dennis, the council insisted they could simply move it by 24 hours, according to a report in the Daily Record.
The council should give the public three days notice and Rangers fans who were ticketed were advised by one traffic warden to “immediately challenge” it.
“The game was switched from the Saturday to the Sunday. But the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order restricting parking around Ibrox was only in place for the Saturday,” said a traffic warden quoted by the Daily Record.
“The cones were put out on Sunday and the signs stayed up – so people were still being booked if they were parked in a zone where the cones were out. But it was not legal. The Temporary Traffic Regulation Order was not in place.
“We were all very angry after being ordered to continue booking people on Sunday when we all knew it wasn’t legal to do so. Anyone who got a ticket around Ibrox that day should immediately challenge the fine.”
Rhea Wolfson, the GMB union organiser in Scotland, confirmed the Record’s report and revealed that a grievance had been raised with City Parking (Glasgow) LLP, an arm’s-length organisation linked to the city council.
“The council has a statutory duty to give due notice to the public when they will be enforcing Temporary Traffic Notices,” Wolfson said.
“GMB members working as parking attendants refused to issue tickets on Sunday, February 16, around Ibrox because they believed that this notice had not been given.
“GMB Scotland is supporting members who have made a formal complaint to City Parking after being asked to do what they believe to have been unlawful enforcement.”
A spokesman for the council sent a comment to Rangers News in response to the claims: “Despite the very short notice for the rearranged match, the relevant parking legislation was followed around Ibrox Stadium last Sunday.
“Signage was updated appropriately and cones set-out to indicate where enforcement could lawfully take place.
“Parking attendants in the area were therefore entitled to give out tickets where they believed a traffic violation had taken place.
“All drivers have a right of appeal against the receipt of a parking ticket.”