Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson has called for legal clarity on the validity of parking fines issued by private companies at local retail parks.
His concern follows a number of complaints from motorists who received parking tickets at the Crescent Link Retail Park in recent days.
Councillor Jackson said “I received a number of complaints from people who received these parking tickets whilst using the car park at the Crescent Link Retail Park in the Waterside.
“They were very upset on returning to their cars after visiting the shops there to find these parking tickets placed on their vehicles.
“This problem has been happening in Derry for over six years now and still we haven’t got legal clarity on the status of these parking tickets.
“I would urge anyone who finds themselves in this situation to contact their solicitor for advice.
“I also think it has long since passed the time that these fines should have ceased. All local businesses are finding it hard to compete with online sales and we trying to encourage consumers to use our local shops, not turning them off over the fear of getting a parking fine.”