At about 7 a.m. last Thursday morning, there were about 20 cars parked illegally in the centre of the main exit road at Ċirkewwa, about another 20 on the pavements and 10 or so on the bends and corners. None of these received a parking ticket.
But my car and somebody else’s were slapped with tickets later for apparently disobeying one of the countless traffic signs which have been ignored by everyone as there is otherwise very little space to park.
We (those of us who travel to and from Gozo daily, plus a million tourists a year) have had to put up with the necessary but prolonged and often mistimed roadworks for the best part of a year. We sometimes miss the ferry home due to the single lane system and slow moving or broken down heavy vehicles.
I expect that once the project is completed, someone will realise that the single lane system in Ċirkewwa is hindering access to Gozo and vice versa, causing great inconvenience to frequent travellers.
Looking around to get my €60 worth (very bad joke, but it reflects my mood), I saw a water bowser drive off. This rust bucket has been operating on the Ċirkewwa project for many months and I noticed it long ago because it was unlicensed, riddled with rust, no lights on the back and of course badly parked. My car was given a ticket at 9 p.m., and of course the bowser would have been parked there too at this time.
Needless to say I will be contesting this fine but can someone please stop this madness and perhaps tidy up the place a bit at the end of each workday? Catching the bus is not an option because bus number 42 takes two hours to get to Valletta!