Boro fans are being urged to park legally – or face a hefty extra bill for cheering on their team.
The call follows a spate of parking infringements near the Riverside Stadium before Saturday’s home game against Brentford.
Middlesbrough Council Enforcement Officers issued around 350 warning notices to vehicles parking on footpaths and verges around Middlesbrough College.
The clampdown followed a complaint from a wheelchair user who found the dropped kerb used to get off the footpath blocked by an inconsiderate motorist during the previous Tuesday’s home game.
Motorists are warned they have parked in a restricted area or bay, and that such contraventions can incur a Penalty Charge Notice of £70 (reducing to £35 if paid within 14 days).
Those who continue to flout the regulations at Boro’s next home game against Cardiff City on Saturday, October 21 can expect to receive a PCN.
Previous problems on the slip roads, central reservations and roundabouts leading to the Riverside Stadium reduced significantly following a similar appeal last season.
Superintendent Dave Sutherland of Cleveland Police said: “We work in close partnership with the Club and Local Authority and our priority is the safety of the public.
“We want to ensure everyone attending the match has a safe and enjoyable experience, and to this end we fully support the messages around responsible parking in the vicinity of the grounds.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Parking on footpaths and verges is simply not acceptable, especially if it is preventing people from going about their daily lives.
“It’s understandable that fans want to be able to park close to the Riverside Stadium, but that has to be balanced against consideration for local residents and other road users.
“I would urge all fans to park carefully and considerately and in accordance with the parking restrictions in place.
“Those that continue to park inconsiderately are potentially putting others at risk, and might find themselves with an avoidable penalty charge.
“I’m grateful to those drivers who have heeded our earlier warnings – their actions have helped to reduce the risk of accidents in this area on match days.”
- Drivers are reminded that the Zetland multi-storey car park is a short walk from the Riverside and costs just £1.60 for a full day’s parking.
For full details of car parks and charges in Middlesbrough, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/parking