Ambulances fined for not having parking ticket outside swimming pool

Two ambulance rapid response vehicles have been fined for parking in a pay and display car park without a valid ticket, with onlookers branding the decision as ‘shocking’.

The NHS drivers were handed the £25 fines after they parked in a swimming pool car park in Llandudno, Wales.

A woman who watched the scene while in the gym, was so shocked she even tried to get the Conwy Council traffic warden to stop.

As the woman, from Deganwy, saw the official write two tickets for the vehicles, she became so angry she knocked on the gym window to get their attention.

A council spokeswoman defended the actions of the warden as the vehicles were not on an emergency call.

But the onlooker, who asked not to be named, still insisted the decision was ‘awful’.

She said: ‘I was in the gym at Llandudno pool and I could see what was happening as the gym overlooks the car park.

Myself and five other people were on cardio machines and we were all watching what was happening.

‘I even tried knocking and shouting out of the window to stop it.’

She added: ‘We all couldn’t believe what we were seeing. No wonder the NHS has no money, it was an awful thing to do – just shocking.’

Others also took to social media to voice their outrage over the incident.

One woman wrote: ‘It’s just so petty to hit our emergency services like this, surely common sense should have come into play.’

A council spokeswoman said: ‘This is a pay and display car park.

‘The occupants of the vehicles were attending a meeting, they were not on an emergency call.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service declined to comment.