Car parking at Snowdonia’s popular Pen-y-pass has been suspended on weekends after traffic chaos was picked up by officers. But up to 60 vehicles flouted the new rules just hours after it came into effect this weekend as officers issued a major warning on Twitter.
Officers revealed vehicles would be towed away if they were obstructing the road and had a recovery vehicle in place.
North Wales Police said: “Around 60 vehicles have already been turned away from #PenyPass this morning with some even parking by the signage.
“Drivers said they thought we were ‘just bluffing’ when we said cars would be towed if obstructing the road…a recovery vehicle is already parked up there.”
Police revealed traffic was so bad it was forcing many drivers to use the other side of the road near a blind right-hand bend.
Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National park and North Wales Police have agreed to suspend the car park from 5pm on Fridays to reduce traffic chaos.
Visitors to the park have been told to park at the Llanberris and Nant Peris car parks and use a bus service
The new restrictions were introduced last Friday after traffic mayhem the previous weekend.
Officers were faced with more than 500 drivers lined up alongside the road after official car parks were left completely full.
Many drivers were caught out with a total of 180 tickets were issued for illegal parking in the incident.
The chaotic scenes came just weeks after the Welsh Government lifted their ‘stay local’ rule.
Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Gwynedd Council leader warned that parking legally could “endanger” many people and cause “access issues” in emergencies.
He warned those who ignored the rules would be issued penalties such as fines or losing their vehicles completely.
He said: “The fact is that motorists like those who parked illegally at Pen-y-pass endanger the lives of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and cause serious access issues for emergency service vehicles, including mountain rescue volunteers.
“We want people to be able to enjoy our stunning mountain ranges safely.
“Those who ignore the message by parking illegally on the highway on Snowdonia’s mountain passes will face an on-the-spot fine or even being towed away by police.”
Superintendent Neil Thomas of North Wales Police said the measures have been put into place to “maximise public safety”.
He added: “Anybody found to be parked on the clearway or causing an obstruction will have their vehicle removed at their own expense. Please heed the warning.”
Published at Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000