A WARNING is being sounded to motorists over the abuse of disabled parking bays across Middlesbrough.

They are being urged to ensure the clearly marked spaces are left free for those who really need them – or face hefty fines. Middlesbrough councillor David Coupe, whose partner is disabled, is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness of the issue and encourage people to park responsibly. The move follows his dismay at seeing abuse of disabled parking provision at a number of sites including the James Cook University Hospital, the Parkway Centre and Tesco Coulby Newham.

He said: “For those without disability to use them is utterly selfish, and I hope we can work together to put an end to this unacceptable behaviour.” Motorists parked unlawfully risk receiving a penalty charge notice.