Friday, September 07, 2007

Parking Space

This photo, reportedly of a traffic warden, from one of today's newspapers, has provoked outrage in Westminster, where it's supposed to have been taken.

It reminds me of two separate incidents, over 24-hours, four years ago, when my motorcycle was ticketed - off street - by the over-zealous guardians of Westminster's parking spaces.
On both occasions, passing wardens agreed that I was in a private area and that in all likelihood, their supervisor had done it but as they pointed out, it was my word against theirs and none of them was prepared to give me their badge number as a witness.

They hadn't bargained on everything being recorded on a digital camera. I was determined not to let Westminster Council get away with this and it took six months and multiple letters before they gave-up trying to collect the by now inflated penalty fines and announced they had lost the records. No apology or acknowledgement that they were working outside the law and that at least one of their traffic wardens was out of control. Mind you, there have been lots of documentaries on the same subject, Westminster and Camden being among the worst.

I rarely even bother to take my motocycle to London anymore these days. With few designated parking bays and a zillion scooters taking-up all the room, it's hardly worth the risk.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad I am not the only one who takes on the system over incorrectly administered parking tickets. My family were saying pay the £30, you cannot beat the 'system' but the amount wasn't the issue, we should not allow ourselves to be fined arbitrarily at the whim of petty officials whose 'performance' is judged by how many tickets they issue. The amount immediately goes up to £60 if you take TDC on and after much correspondence, I had a chance to put my case to an Independent Arbitrator at Ashford! TDC backed down at this last stage but refused at any stage to accept that the only ticket machine in Cecil Square had been full, thus preventing me from purchasing a parking docket. This arrogance combined with a complete lack of enforcement by TDC or the Police on Marine Terrace any night of the week is disgraceful. I would love to know why TDC allows parking on double yellow lines and zig-zags on Marine Terrace at night whilst pursuing relentlessly, some-one attempting to use allocated parking spaces legally?

Anonymous said...

Why demean parking officers by calling them 'petty officials'? They do a job like the rest of us. If you work in a bank on the front counter are you a petty bank clerk? They also perform a useful service managing traffic.

Anonymous said...

Use your brain. Take the train.

Margate High Street has been difficult to negotiate recently due to numerous vehicles parked on the kerb. The sooner The High Street is made pedestrian, the better.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Birchington, Station Road too suffers with dubbel yello parker's.
It's narrow to start with, then you get your 'nip in' folk or you 'Blue Badge' user stopping, and hey presto, the main road of the Village is BLOCKED.
Things get better!!!
I live in a little Cul-de-Sac, where residents have to pay TDC £50 per annum to park outside their own homes. Yet people from neighbouring streets blatantly park here too, without the TDC Permits, thus taking up the few places the residents need for themselves. I have complained to the TDC but they do absolutely NOTHING about this. One of the abusers has 3 cars here, another 2. Another family have all their cars (4 sometimes) even though they have converted the bottom of their garden to parking area. The TDC have sunk the curbstones and added about 3 meters of 'dubbel yello's' for them. Crazy is it not?

Anonymous said...

9.39am, I do not demean parking officers when I describe them as petty officials; in my experience this is an accurate description. Until I see the parking on double yellow lines and zigzags being enforced impartially and without discrimination on Marine Terrace then such a description of TDCs 'Parking Officers'is apposite and accurate. Instead of harrassing citizens trying to do the correct thing, I would be happier seeing them tackle the flagrant abuse of the law that is the 'norm' on Marine Terrace and in other places in Thanet.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

You won't! They are SCARED of the thug louts that park as you said along the terrace. Instead, they hassle relentlessly the quiet house owners of what could be a 'Private Road'.
I have suffered a Parking Offence ticket in my road for Parking on a bit of spare ground AND having paid my £50 Permit, for crossing over dubbl yello's to get to the bit of spare ground!
Unbelievable?
Ask the TDC !!!

Anonymous said...

Nobody considered that this is a publicity photo?

Anonymous said...

5:18 said 'I have suffered a Parking Offence ticket in my road for Parking on a bit of spare ground AND having paid my £50 Permit, for crossing over dubbl yello's to get to the bit of spare ground!'
1) Was it for incorrect parking?
2) Was it your land to park on? (Not perhaps a warden issue) Did you have the decency to ask the owner if you could park on it?

Anonymous said...

It is actually the spelling that is causing me greater concern!

Anonymous said...

anon again!
Re: 7:55 PM. My car was not incorrectly parked. It was well off the road in fact, behind or over the pathway with loads of room left for people to pass.
The Land... it belongs to the Court, so we all own it. There are no plants or trees, just a 'crazy paving' base. There is no particular owner to ask.
Re: 8.01 PM. Yu ar rite the spelin is atroshus.

Anonymous said...

Doant bee soe souperier, 8.01. Knot awl off us haz gud spellink!