Plans to introduce parking fines for motorists who flout new restrictions at Doncaster Royal Infirmary have been met with anger.
Fines of £60 will be dished out to drivers who park illegally at the hospital from later this month.
But the move has provoked upset from hospital users and patients who fear the move will hit people who most need to use services at DRI.
Posting on Facebook, Donna Marie Revell wrote: “Ridiculous. There aren’t even enough spaces in the first place. You have to get there at least 45 minutes before your appointment just to park up - what a joke.”
Michelle Taylor posted: “Would they fine someone if they went to an appointment then got admitted? It is ridiculous - instead of the big staff car park at the back why not make it a big park for all?”
But there were others who felt that the parking situation at the hospital does need to be tackled.
Lee-Ann Clark wrote: “I was in hospital with my premature baby for eight weeks. My husband often couldn’t get a parking space when he came to visit. He had to get there before 7am to get a space.
“It was stressful enough for my husband having a baby and wife in hospital for such a long time and he said the parking situation added to that stress. Something does need doing about it.”
Wendy Campbell said: “I agree with the parking fines. You wouldn’t go into a town and just park anywhere. Often ambulances can’t get out because people just park anywhere.”
The three-month trial will kick off on June 23 and it will mean parking at Gates 3 and 4 will be reserved for patients and visitors only.
Enforcement will operate 8.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays.
During the trial a British Parking Association officer will be able to issue £60 fines, which can be reduced by half if paid within 14 days.
Signs displaying the terms and conditions will be displayed on the car parks/roads where enforcement actions are to be taken.
Nigel Myhill, director of estates and facilities, said: “Over the years parking has become increasingly difficult for patients and visitors.
“That is why we are trialling this scheme and looking at the best way to offer fair and easy access to parking so that those patients and visitors who really need to access the hospital by car are able to do so.”
“We are also reminding staff and other visitors of the free park and ride service we have that runs from the Racecourse throughout the day in the hope that more people will use that service instead of parking on site or on any side streets.”
Parking at DRI has become notorious in recent years with a number of initiatives including increased parking bays, street parking restrictions and the park and ride scheme all introduced to try and alleviate problems.