MOTORISTS are still flouting the law by parking in disabled bays in Hebburn town centre.
Just weeks after the Gazette last highlighted the issue, about 18 able-bodied drivers were spotted using the bays in Station Road, in less than an hour.
A disabled former HGV driver, who snapped motorists breaking the law, said: “The photographs were taken on December 12 outside Asda, when many cars parked in the bays between 6.10pm and 6.45pm.
“When I left, they were still using them.
“A blue badge holder said it was ‘a disgrace’, and I told him to complain, but he thought it was a waste of time.”
The disabled bays, which are clearly marked, are positioned just a short distance from a large car park, to the rear of Station Road.
A mobile traffic unit has previously carried out crackdowns on able-bodied drivers using the bays, but the problem persists.
Coun John McCabe, vice-chairman of Hebburn community area forum (Caf), said: “It’s a shocking problem, but it seems like human nature for people to illegally use these bays.
“There is a free car park just yards from Station Road, which is covered by security cameras on Durham Court, but people still park illegally.
“I am a taxi driver, and there used to be a problem with dropping off and picking up fares in that part of Station Road, so lines were created for taxis, but motorists park there as well.
“We can get the enforcement team down again, but it seems as though people keep ignoring the warnings.”
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn Caf, said the issue has been raised at forum meetings and will be highlighted in the future.