Dundee port officials have issued a stern warning to cost-cutting motorists endangering cyclists.
A number of cars have recently been spotted parked within the port’s land and even on the cycle path leading to and from the newly upgraded open route to the Stannergate.
In one incident a car reportedly “drove towards” a cyclist while exiting the area.
The port recently erected a barrier and put up signs, however, this had not deterred stubborn motorists.
Port officials have now begun patrolling the area and placing warning notices on vehicles parked illegally.
Drivers are being told that their cars could be towed away under port by-laws as they may be deemed a “security risk”.
A spokesperson for the Port of Dundee said: “Unfortunately, some members of the public are parking cars irresponsibly on port land on East Camperdown Street outside the secure area of the port.
“We have erected a barrier and a no entry sign, but we are unable to secure the area completely as we need to leave the cycle path unobstructed for cyclists.
“Our team is posting notices on cars informing drivers they are parking unlawfully and, should the issue persist, we will take further action.”
The company has also reduced the gap at the end of the barrier to prevent cars from fitting through.
Donald Baddon, event organiser with Dundee Cycling Forum, said: “Hopefully people get the message with the help of the port.
“We want people to join us cycling rather than driving a car at us.
“From our perspective, parking on the path seems fairly senseless.
“They must know they’re are blocking it and that they shouldn’t be doing it.
“It’s the main route on the National Cycle Route 1 and it is being made dangerous.”
The path is heavily used by cyclists travelling to and from work at rush hour.
Streets in the City Quay area are often clogged with vehicles during the week as commuters look for free parking before walking into the centre.
A residents’ parking permit zone is currently at the consultation stage after councillors agreed to look at introducing one in various areas of the city.
No permits have as yet been introduced however.