PEOPLE in Mijas are becoming increasingly frustrated with parking problems in the area, and one local representative has asked police not to fine tourists parked illegally for fear of chasing away custom.
Finding a space has become almost impossible, especially in La Cala and the Riviera del Sol residential Complex as well as other coastal sites, say locals.
Both residents and visitors are complaining, and there are reports that many drivers, mainly foreigners, are forced to park illegally.
Delivery workers say they can no longer use parking spaces especially reserved for them as other vehicles are already parked in them when they arrive. One of them, Francisco Moron, told Spanish daily SUR: “In Riviera, most of them are foreigners parking in prohibited places.”
Miguel Martinez, president of the Riviera community of owners, complained that the Local Police is fining a large amount of people, and called for leniency: “We have to be a bit more permissive with tourists, as they are our main source of income.”
On the other hand, Local Police chief Francisco Rosas denied any increase in the amount of fines and said: “We only attend when we are called. To La Cala, for example, we have only gone once as vehicles were obstructing the Calle Antequera roundabout.”