New parking meters proved just the ticket to catch out drivers

already huge a concern by then, proven by the construction of the multi-storey car park in King’s Stables Road.

But even that endured problems of its own, when work was delayed in 1962 after contractors struck soft earth where they expected rock. The solution involved building a 40 foot wall, which added a £50,000 bill to a scheme previously estimated to cost £386,000.

Motorists have landed themselves in trouble over parking many times, such as in 1964 when a car owner was fined £3 after being found guilty of ignorning a “No Parking” sign that had been placed in Frederick Street.

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William Kerr claimed the portable warning had been put there after he had parked.

He earned sympathy from the City Proseuctor Mr JD Heatly, who kicked off moves to make parking information signs in the Capital permanent.