Ticking off for traffic warden who blocked fire exit in Mitcham

Needs must: a parking warden doesn't worry about blocking a fire exit

Needs must: a parking warden doesn't worry about blocking a fire exit

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A parking enforcement officer has been disciplined after he was caught parking on double-yellow lines in front of a fire exit.

Resident Rodd Chunn spotted this mobile CCTV van blocking a fire gate and parked on double yellow next to Mitcham Eastfields station on Friday, February 15.

The ex-traffic warden said he had previously seen the vehicle park there on numerous occasions, which he called a “blatant disregard for the rules in an effort to increase council income”.

Since the council took on new powers to enforce traffic offences in May, several readers have complained mobile CCTV vans are parking on double yellow lines while ticketing motorists.

The council has previously defended wardens, stating cars are “permitted by law to park where necessary to carry out their enforcement duties”.

However, on this occassion it noted parking in front of an emergency access point was not permitted.

Councillor Mark Betteridge, cabinet member for performance and implementation, said: “I would like to thank the resident for bringing this matter to our attention.

“We have spoken with the officer concerned and emphasised to all of our parking staff that although enforcement of parking regulations is essential for keeping our roads moving, they must not conduct this in front of an emergency access point.”


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10:34am Thu 28 Feb 13

Tobermory says...

Is it April 1st already this must be a spoof story? Fire gates are usually locked I'm sure if a Fire Engine turned up to unlock it the person sat in the van would move. There is actually a Disabled parking bay behind the van which if occupied would block the road for any Fire engines anyway. When are the Council going to stop being appologetic and just get on with doing their job. Is Councillor Betteridge going to 'tick off' the refuse collectors who block the street on a weekly basis whilst collecting the bins or is disciplining staff just reserved for Traffic Wardens?
Is it April 1st already this must be a spoof story? Fire gates are usually locked I'm sure if a Fire Engine turned up to unlock it the person sat in the van would move. There is actually a Disabled parking bay behind the van which if occupied would block the road for any Fire engines anyway. When are the Council going to stop being appologetic and just get on with doing their job. Is Councillor Betteridge going to 'tick off' the refuse collectors who block the street on a weekly basis whilst collecting the bins or is disciplining staff just reserved for Traffic Wardens? Tobermory
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11:21am Thu 28 Feb 13

GR-London says...

Local authorities have too much power over parking and cannot be trusted.

Government need to review the whole parking enforcement, money raising extortion scam.

But while we live in a crooked world, run by crooked people, who is going to sort it out?
Local authorities have too much power over parking and cannot be trusted. Government need to review the whole parking enforcement, money raising extortion scam. But while we live in a crooked world, run by crooked people, who is going to sort it out? GR-London
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9:49pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Merton pork says...

Is it a very slow news day, or does Lauren May have a serious grudge against traffic wardens?
Is it a very slow news day, or does Lauren May have a serious grudge against traffic wardens? Merton pork
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7:43pm Sun 3 Mar 13

Tobermory says...

Merton pork wrote:
Is it a very slow news day, or does Lauren May have a serious grudge against traffic wardens?
She was probably caught in the box junction the car was filming!

Maybe the Guardian should print a few photos of motorists that park inconsiderately, I'm sure the Council would send them some if they ask nicely.
[quote][p][bold]Merton pork[/bold] wrote: Is it a very slow news day, or does Lauren May have a serious grudge against traffic wardens?[/p][/quote]She was probably caught in the box junction the car was filming! Maybe the Guardian should print a few photos of motorists that park inconsiderately, I'm sure the Council would send them some if they ask nicely. Tobermory
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