The taxi rank, which can accommodate up to ten vehicles, operates between 6.00pm and 8.00am seven days a week and was introduced in November 2015, to address the lack of taxi rank space in the increasingly popular Parliament Street area.
The warning comes after motorists began ignoring signage and traffic cones and started parking in the taxi rank during its hours of operation, thereby preventing licensed taxis from collecting passengers.
Whilst the location operates as pay and display parking throughout the day, anyone parking in the space after 6.00pm risks being issued with a £70 parking penalty charge notice. Additional signage has now been introduced to raise further awareness of the parking restrictions.
Chris Doyle, Harrogate Borough Council’s Taxi Licensing Enforcement Officer said:
The taxi rank was created to prevent taxis from picking up passengers in inappropriate locations thereby causing a hazard for other road users. However, due to other motorists illegally parking in the location in the evenings, licensed vehicles are often unable to use the space.
The last thing that someone wants to find on returning to their car after an enjoyable night out is a parking ticket on their windscreen, so we are urging motorists to take notice of the taxi rank signage and make sure that they do not park there during the hours it is in operation.
The new additional signage will hopefully help drivers be more aware of the risk they take parking here in the evenings and avoid getting a ticket in the future.