Scouse taxi drivers who were given parking tickets while giving people lifts to the Manchester bomb tribute gig have been told their fines will be donated to a charity set up for the victims’ families and those hurt in the attack.
This week the ECHO reported how taxi drivers from our region headed to the One Love Manchester Tribute concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday - transporting people who had been at the terror-hit Ariana Grande gig last month for free.
The drivers - who also rushed to rescue people on the night of the attack - were shocked as they were given fines while parked near to the ground, waiting to take people home again.
A video of Page Moss driver Robbie Aden protesting against one of the traffic wardens has gone viral on Facebook and now Trafford Council has responded with a goodwill gesture.
The council has said the scouse drivers will still have to pay their fines, but that the money made from them will now go to the We Love Manchester emergency appeal fund, set up for those affected by the bomb attack at the Manchester Arena.
A spokesman for Trafford Council said: “Eleven vehicles were ticketed in the area across the day, of which seven were in the evening.
“Trafford Council has confirmed that these tickets will be upheld, given the vehicles were parked illegally, and for reasons previously set out incorporating the need for controlled movement of traffic, security and availability of residential parking.
“The Council is aware of the extenuating circumstances that applied to events on Sunday evening and therefore if the Liverpool taxi drivers make themselves known when paying the fine by providing their badge numbers, the money from their fine will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Appeal Fund.”
The spokesman added that it had communicated to everyone heading to the concert that they should not have travelled by car because of the lack of local parking.
He said: “Most people arrived by public transport, but unfortunately a number of drivers ignored the travel advice and some, who left their vehicles unattended, received parking penalty notices for parking illegally.”
But gig-goer and witness Adam Winrow contacted the ECHO to say he was still appalled that parking tickets were being given out at all considering the theme of the concert.
He said: “My sister was at the original event and I was waiting for her to come out of the concert when I saw them giving out tickets - I couldn’t believe it.
“One woman who actually lost someone in the attack came back to her car to find it had a ticket and was crying her eyes out - it was very disrespectful.”