DRIVER behaviour in the congested Inverness College UHI car park has improved "considerably" since the Inverness Courier highlighted concerns over a catalogue of road rage incidents.
College principal Professor Chris O’Neil warned of a clampdown on bad driving last week when he voiced fears that there could be a serious accident and also revealed he and colleagues had been on the receiving end of verbal abuse.
He said on one occasion two cars collided because they were vying for a space and there had been near-misses with students coming very close to serious injury.
Drivers had also been seen travelling at excessive speeds, ignoring directional arrows on the floor and parking in the blue badge spaces when they were not entitled to do so.
Consultations are currently being held with representative groups including the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) regarding use of the 525-space car park which is allegedly being used by people when they jet off on holiday from the city’s airport.
"I have a responsibility to ensure our car parks are safe and are being used properly and responsibly by all," he said.
"We are currently looking at a range of management options to ensure proper usage and safety but no decision has been made. Consultation with car park users is now underway."
"It’s worth noting that the attitude and behaviour of drivers using the car parks has improved considerably since the issue was highlighted by the Inverness Courier."
HISA said it does not wish to see a move towards paid parking permits as students are already under considerable financial pressure. It is calling for more affordable and more frequent public transport options to be made available for students who live outwith the city centre.