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Angry drivers attack new traffic wardens in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

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Traffic wardens have been physically and verbally attacked after dishing out one parking ticket every six minutes.

They issued 4,222 fines in 29 days after Lincolnshire County Council took over responsibility from the police for enforcing on-street parking.

Police have been called in after wardens were attacked by motorists who returned to find a ticket on their vehicle.

Silver Street in Lincoln has generated most fines since a new civil parking enforcement scheme was rolled out county-wide on December 3.

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Fines are £50 or £70, but halved if paid in 14 days.

So far, 1,887 motorists have paid up, generating £62,105. That will rise to at least £108,605 once outstanding tickets are settled. The council had estimated losing £174,000 in an "unpredictable" first year of the new scheme.

But if every month generates as much revenue as December, the scheme could make a profit of at least £189,000 in a year.

Brian Thompson, the council's head of highways, denied the clampdown was about making money.

He said: "Although it is unlikely the scheme will break even, legislation around parking enforcement means any surpluses can only be spent on transport-related projects.

"We have always said our financial assumptions are based on year two of the scheme as the first year is likely to be unpredictable and our projections are based on experiences elsewhere in the country."

He said most people had welcomed the crackdown as they were fed up with poorly-parked vehicles.

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  • theoutworker  |  January 20 2013, 11:34AM

    If a parking crime has been committed take it through the court and not a kerbside Kangaroo court.

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  • theoutworker  |  January 20 2013, 11:30AM

    These people that are issuing on the spot fines are themselves committing a crime. They are setting themselves up as judge and jury. Of which constitutes nothing more than a kangaroo court. The 1689 Bill of Rights specifically outlaws any fine or forfeiture before a person has been found guilty of an offence in a court and for the court to decide any fine or forfeiture. Common and Constitution law takes precedence over any Statute Law. Attempts to enforce this Statute Law is implying repeal of the Common law which is a constitutional impossibility.

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  • Pete67  |  January 19 2013, 7:59AM

    BCS Ltd Snow & Ice Clearance - - - Most likely, just in case any one's had to abandon their vehicle.

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  • BCS Ltd Turf  |  January 18 2013, 7:27PM

    wonder if the wardens will be out in the snow...

  • Pete67  |  January 18 2013, 3:02PM

    FreedomSpeech - - - It's a pity you don't trust tabloids because a story from the LE is in one of them 'http://tinyurl.com/aah3trj Maybe the LE is also telling lies.

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  • Pete67  |  January 18 2013, 2:43PM

    FreedomSpeech - - - You should know that I'M ALWAYS RIGHT! Trouble is a lot of people don't like it (still maybe they'll may start noticing things a bit more). Irresponsible Parker's deserve everything they get, but a lot of people park responsibly or have to park in a wrong place for very good reason, but still get tickets (e.g. my Thursday 13:18 post or my Friday 07:12 post).

  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 18 2013, 1:16PM

    Yeah you get the last laugh Pete, because anecdotal and isolated incidents reported in the red tops constitute concrete evidence of everything you say. It seems that even when patently wrong, you're still right, so keep laughing.

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  • SMorris_LE  |  January 18 2013, 9:10AM

    Bob_Major - the figure of one ticket every six minutes has been calculated based on the hours that the parking enforcement officers worked over the 29 days.

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  • Pete67  |  January 18 2013, 7:12AM

    Some Of you might be giving me reds now, but the chances are I'll have the last laugh because sometimes cars break down, and get a ticket. Sometimes have a slight accident, and get a ticket. Have to be abandoned due to floods or snow, and get a ticket. Still You can always laugh along with me. REDS ready - go!

  • richardhtc  |  January 17 2013, 11:49PM

    It's effectively a fine for stupidity and/or ignorance - the rules are simple. Well done to to the traffic wardens for penalising the stupid & ignorant.

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