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Lincolnshire motorist to appeal against 'stupid' parking ticket

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

Angry:   Andrew Wilson of Derwent Street  takes a look at the position of his vehicle after  a  warden issued a ticket because his van was parked slightly hanging over double yellow lines.  Picture: Anna Draper

Angry: Andrew Wilson of Derwent Street takes a look at the position of his vehicle after a warden issued a ticket because his van was parked slightly hanging over double yellow lines. Picture: Anna Draper

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Motorists have appealed against one out of every seven on-street parking tickets issued since the scheme came into force.

Of the 4,222 fines handed out by enforcement officers in December last year, 624 motorists have lodged appeals.

One Lincoln resident who is hoping to overturn his fine is Andrew Wilson who was given a ticket when his van was parked on his own drive.

The 50-year-old window cleaner, of Derwent Street, left part of his van hanging over the double yellow lines at the end of his drive due to building work next door.

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He said: "The wheels are on my drive but the tiniest part of the vehicle is overhanging the lines.

"We can't use the whole drive because next door are building an extension and it would collapse if I did.

"I explained that to the woman but she still gave me the ticket. It is just stupid. It is milking us for every penny we have. It is disgusting.

"I will definitely be appealing this because I am not paying it."

Mick Phoenix, parking services manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Without looking at this case in more detail it's difficult for us to comment."

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  • vanman2004  |  January 20 2013, 3:53PM

    " freedom of speech " i wasnt against these enforcement officers / traffic wardens doing there job as long as its done correctly,but when theres four officers in such a small area it seems like there abusing there job , when sumone in my street was illegally parked on yellow lines the warden clearly looked at the vechile and walked off no ticket ,

  • Pete67  |  January 20 2013, 1:31PM

    FreedomSpeech - - - I hope they're rarer than when our engineers used to have in the 70s (apart from when he wanted his TV repairing). He was like presumably a lot of them by just being bombastic. We could of course always parked about a quarter of a mile away to get the key to open the gates, but how long would it take for someone to nip in the backdoor and steal a stereo or TV whilst we were walking back to the van so as to drive it in. As far as I know he wasn't on a bonus type incentive in those days like a lot of them seem to be, and I suppose that is why we hear of these things more and more.

  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 20 2013, 12:13PM

    @Pete67, there are appeals processes in place for precisely the kind of unusual, extenuating, but let's face it, comparitively rare circumstances that you cite. Let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.

  • BCS Ltd Turf  |  January 20 2013, 11:42AM

    take care in the snow and ice, the wardens will be watching

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  • theoutworker  |  January 20 2013, 11:25AM

    Chumley Warner it is not wrong. It is there in black and white. All the fines that have been issued without going through the courts of England are illegal and should be contested. It is the Common and Constitution Law that cannot be over ruled by any Statute Law. How do you think well know high profile people such as politicians, footballers and the like get there fines squashed? They know the right man to speak to. Ask any legal beagle that knows the ruling will agree.

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  • InsideStory  |  January 20 2013, 7:58AM

    We should be shown the actual photos of the enforcement officers not some tabloid reconstructed photo's which could differ from the real thing .The officers are doing a damn fine job of clearing the streets of arrogantly parked vehicles clearing the streets of vehicles that obstruct others. Has far as being called jobsworths they are doing the job they are paid to do if they weren't someone would be saying they where a waste of money which i don't believe is true . Anyone appealing their fine in court and found to be at fault should have to pay court expenses and fines double for wasting the courts time. Park responsibly and you dont get a ticket "simles" .

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  • Pete67  |  January 19 2013, 1:25PM

    ChumleyWarner 'Park properly and you wont get a fine. Simple' - - - So what happens if you break down for one of many varied reasons? Alternatively you have to abandon your vehicle due to snow or floods? By the time a rescue vehicle has come the chances are you will be ticketed. Some drivers are totally inconsiderate with their parking, but there are others who happen to be there due to unforeseen circumstances.

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  • Pete67  |  January 19 2013, 1:25PM

    ChumleyWarner 'Park properly and you wont get a fine. Simple' - - - So what happens if you break down for one of many varied reasons? Alternatively you have to abandon your vehicle due to snow or floods? By the time a rescue vehicle has come the chances are you will be ticketed. Some drivers are totally inconsiderate with their parking, but there are others who happen to be there due to unforeseen circumstances.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  January 19 2013, 1:20PM

    @vanman2004, I fail to see how your description of what the wardens were doing qualifies them as jobsworths? Surely they were just doing what they're paid to do. If they weren't doing so then they'd be a waste of council tax payers' money. Do you think that anyone should just be allowed to park where and when they wish? How do you think that would pan out?

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  • ChumleyWarner  |  January 19 2013, 1:01PM

    "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." Wrong. On this basis, all fines and sanctions issued by all UK traffic wardens and indeed Police Officers are unenforceable. Just because you think it sounds clever, doesnt make it right. I personally support the Traffic Wardens and would welcome more. Theres been a huge decline in stupid, anti social parking since their introduction. Park properly and you wont get a fine. Simple.

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