Council backs “nonsensical” parking fine handed to town cleaner

Halstead Gazette: Council backs “nonsensical” parking fine handed to town cleaner Council backs “nonsensical” parking fine handed to town cleaner

A council has backed a traffic warden’s “nonsensical” decision to issue a parking ticket to a member of staff who had parked close to a pedestrian crossing while he was cleaning Halstead town centre.

Bemused resident Roger Ellis, of Chapel Street, is furious at the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) for fining a man he says is doing a fine job keeping the town clean and tidy.

He felt a warning would have sufficed.

The worker was allegedly ticketed in Halstead town centre.

But Braintree Council has backed the parking partnership’s decision. A spokesman said: “The same rule applies for all vehicles and it would unfair to other motorists if an exception was made.”

A NEPP spokesman added: "Parking on zig zag markings at a pedestrian crossing is potentially dangerous for pedestrians using the crossing and a penalty charge notice was therefore issued.”

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4:34pm Mon 26 May 14

essex_al says...

The council employee fully deserves the ticket. Just because he is cleaning the streets, that does not give him the right to park in an extremely dangerous manner, on zig zag lines. Anybody else would have got a ticket.

He should be thankful that it was issued by a traffic warning and not a Police Officer; otherwise, he would have got three points on his licence.

Far too often, I see council employees park their vehicles dangerously, or inconsiderately and they get away with it, on the basis that they are carrying out their duties when, more often than not, there are safe places to park, just a few feet away; it's just that they are too lazy to walk a short distance. Usually, they are not even carrying out duties; they've just stopped for lunch or to go shopping.
The council employee fully deserves the ticket. Just because he is cleaning the streets, that does not give him the right to park in an extremely dangerous manner, on zig zag lines. Anybody else would have got a ticket. He should be thankful that it was issued by a traffic warning and not a Police Officer; otherwise, he would have got three points on his licence. Far too often, I see council employees park their vehicles dangerously, or inconsiderately and they get away with it, on the basis that they are carrying out their duties when, more often than not, there are safe places to park, just a few feet away; it's just that they are too lazy to walk a short distance. Usually, they are not even carrying out duties; they've just stopped for lunch or to go shopping. essex_al
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8:28am Wed 28 May 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Maybe poor old Roger should take a leaf out of the 'rule book' up here in Planet Zog.

Local council employees here who park their vehicles on the pavement simply cover the number pates with Gaffer Tape presumably so that the vehicle cannot be photographed with its registration showing.

Woe betide anyone else trying it!

A classic case of our council saying "Do as I say - not as I do!
Maybe poor old Roger should take a leaf out of the 'rule book' up here in Planet Zog. Local council employees here who park their vehicles on the pavement simply cover the number pates with Gaffer Tape presumably so that the vehicle cannot be photographed with its registration showing. Woe betide anyone else trying it! A classic case of our council saying "Do as I say - not as I do! OMPITA [Intl]
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