Inconsiderate motorists are creating danger and delay by parking during peak periods along both sides of Driffield’s busy main street.
Lorries and buses struggle to squeeze through narrow gaps in the traffic - sparking fears that hold ups could affect emergency vehicles.
Now campaigners are calling for a crackdown on chaos.
Driffield town councillor Steve Poessl is so concerned about the situation that he has called for a traffic strategy meeting when the council returns after the summer recess - and the public will be invited to attend.
Coun Poessl said the situation with regard to the whole issue of parking and traffic management in Driffield had become “horrendous”.
“Driffield is becoming gridlocked,” he explained.”The whole system needs looking at to make sure that traffic can flow.”
In recent weeks, residents have called for more robust enforcement of parking regulations by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council amid claims that motorists regularly flout the law by leaving their vehicles on double yellow lines, on taxi ranks and bus stops and too close to junctions.
Mike Featherby, interim head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Residents and visitors to the area who have any concerns about parking-related issues can contact the council’s traffic and parking service on (01482) 393939 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The council continuously monitors requests from communities and members of the public to tackle parking issues and the enquiries received are investigated in accordance with our civil parking enforcement procedures.
“Enquiries also help plan future enforcement action by helping us to identify problem areas.
“On average, the council’s civil enforcement officers patrol Middle Street, in Driffield, 45 times per month – the equivalent of more than one visit a day.”
At least part of the parking problem along main street is caused by disabled motorists with blue badge permits.
Coun Poessl said that while it was important to ensure that disabled motorists retained easy access to shops and banks, it might be necessary to look at a system adopted by towns in other parts of the country where parking by blue badge holders was permitted only on one side of the street.
He stressed that there was no desire to drive disabled people away from Driffield as they brought vital business to the town, but he said that the time had come when action needed to be taken to solve the traffic problems.
He called upon members of the public to tell the town council of other areas which suffer traffic problems.
And he highlighted examples such as the junction of Gibson Street with Scarborough Road, where people park too close to the road exit, blocking the view for other road users.
In past weeks, residents have also flagged up problems on Victoria Road, Westgate and Lockwood Street, where parking on both sides of the street causes road narrowing and has led in the past for calls for those areas to become one way street.
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