Onlookers say they couldn’t believe their eyes after watching a Ferrari driver move traffic cones out of the way to park in a taxi rank.
The driver of the sports car was seen moving the cones out of his way to pull up at the spot designated only for taxi drivers on Wide Bargate in Boston yesterday evening, Thursday, July 5.
A traffic marshall was seen speaking to the man, only for the driver to allegedly laugh before putting the cones back around his vehicle.
He was far from the only person parked up there when they shouldn't have been - but perhaps unsurprisingly, the very conspicuous Ferrari was the car that most people noticed.
And those who saw it have been quick to make their feelings known about what happened.
One woman, who was with her husband at the time, but didn’t want to be named, said: “I was quite amazed to see this guy remove the cones and pull up.
“Several other people witnessed it, including the taxi driver and a bike night official who did make some comment to him.
“It was directly outside the park entrance near the war memorial on the taxi rank at about 7.45pm.
“I thought it was inconsiderate and totally out of order as there was no room for any more taxis to park. And if a taxi had pulled up, it would have had to double park, which would have caused congestion.
“It is not fair on the taxi drivers to take their spaces.”
However, he says the driver of the Ferrari as well as the others could have easily have parked elsewhere.
Can I park in a taxi rank?
Rule 240 of the Highway Code states motorist must NOT park in taxi bays as indicated by upright signs and markings.
Contravention code 45 shall be used for any vehicle (other than a public hire taxi) seen to be parked in a taxi rank. No observation period will be applied.
Only public hire taxis are permitted to park in taxi ranks. Private hire taxis are not permitted to park on a taxi rank and should be enforced against the same as any other vehicle.
Public and private hire taxis may be distinguished from each other by the information contained on the plates attached to the rear of the vehicle.
Vehicles (other than taxis) are not permitted to park in a taxi rank with the following exemptions:
Anyone caught is liable to receive a fine.
All information from https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/further-details-contravention-code-45
“I said to some of the bikers that were parking there that the taxi bay is still used by taxis so they might get a ticket,” he said.
“I would also ask people to think before parking in any taxi bay as they would not park in a taxi bay any other day or night, but just because it was bike night it does not mean road traffic rules are exempt.
“Moving no parking or loading cones is also breaking traffic laws and could lead to a fine to anyone who is caught moving them.
“It isn’t far off a car park so he could have parked in the old cattle market car park or maybe round the corner in the car park on Tawney Street.”