POLL: Sidcup traffic warden parks unmarked car on double yellows to issue ticket

The traffic warden parked in St John's Road (picture by Martin Peaple).

The traffic warden parked in St John's Road (picture by Martin Peaple).

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A traffic warden was spotted parking an unmarked car on double yellow lines in Sidcup in order to issue a ticket.

The female civil enforcement officer parked the black Ford Fiesta in St John's Road next to the Travelodge while two other CEOs sat behind tinted windows in the back seat.

She was seen to issue a ticket to another vehicle before leaving.

Martin Peaple, 25, of Mallard Walk, Sidcup, snapped a picture of the warden’s car.

The Tesco stock controller said: “It’s disgusting, they should not be parked there.

“To me it’s very wrong sneaking around in plain cars parking illegally to issue penalty charge notices to others doing the same.

“I thought the idea of CEOs and traffic enforcement is to make the roads a safer place and to discourage people from parking illegally, not to sneak around and issue as many PCNs as possible.”

A Bexley Council spokesman defended the warden’s actions during the incident on June 6 at 9pm.

He said: “Any vehicle authorised to carry out statutory duties on behalf of the local authority is exempt from restrictions on waiting and loading provided that it is not parked dangerously or obstructing other road users.

“The vehicle in question was a hire vehicle which was being properly used to carry out parking enforcement duties while the usual liveried vehicle was undergoing repairs, having been towed to a garage.

“Although the hired vehicle was not displaying the standard livery, we can confirm that the hire vehicle had been issued with the necessary dispensation papers in order to carry out this duty.

“This matter has now been reviewed by parking services and the council is satisfied that the hire vehicle was parked in the most logical position to carry out enforcement without causing an obstruction or affecting the safety of the parking attendant issuing the penalty charge notice.”

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12:22pm Sat 12 Jul 14

batey says...

The same old crap from the bexley borough...one rule for some. Another for one of their own. Law should be law. Its illegal to park on double yellows full stop. the idiots who say traffic wardens are picked on need to open their eyes! If they want to think they are the gods of our roads and bend the rules, then they get what they deserve! (rant over thanks)
The same old crap from the bexley borough...one rule for some. Another for one of their own. Law should be law. Its illegal to park on double yellows full stop. the idiots who say traffic wardens are picked on need to open their eyes! If they want to think they are the gods of our roads and bend the rules, then they get what they deserve! (rant over thanks) batey
  • Score: 34

2:25pm Sat 12 Jul 14

goldenbroomboy says...

If they were parked contrary to parking regulations then they should have been issued with a ticket. They can appeal just like the rest of us.
If they were parked contrary to parking regulations then they should have been issued with a ticket. They can appeal just like the rest of us. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 25

4:44pm Sat 12 Jul 14

madras says...

Sneaky and also bloody lazy! Traffic Wardens are meant to help ensure traffic moves smoothly, not just ticket people. Oh, suppose these are the 'traffic enforcers' - the only thing they can enforce is a piece of paper....
Sneaky and also bloody lazy! Traffic Wardens are meant to help ensure traffic moves smoothly, not just ticket people. Oh, suppose these are the 'traffic enforcers' - the only thing they can enforce is a piece of paper.... madras
  • Score: 15

4:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

The point is that Bexley Council's spokesperson, has fail to justify the reason.

The traffic wardens, or what they are now called! Do not have permission to park, as they wish. They are still subjected to the same rules as us all.

From what has been stated, there were two other officers in the vehicle. So one of these could have issued the PCN, meaning that the vehicle could then have parked legally.

The point of justifying parking in a restricted area. Were the officers in fear of being attacked?. From what has been reported no!.

Bexley Council is wrong to support such action by its officers. Unless a justifyed reason for so parking on double yellow lines.

The the emergency services are not permitted, to speed or drive through red lights etc. Unless they can account for such reasons. It's all about justifing such actions.

So the vehicle being ticketed, did this pose a hazard or restriction to another road users?. By the issue of a PCN, did this change the situation, no. In fact it could have made the matter worse.

Let's explain, when a PCN is issued, a further PCN cannot be issued to that vehicle for the rest of that day for the same offence. So clearly the owner can then leave the vehicle there!. Where by it could caused an obstruction, should other vehicles then park.

So really its a matter of revenue raising. To which the law does not permit.

So clearly Bexley Council were wrong to support such actions.
The point is that Bexley Council's spokesperson, has fail to justify the reason. The traffic wardens, or what they are now called! Do not have permission to park, as they wish. They are still subjected to the same rules as us all. From what has been stated, there were two other officers in the vehicle. So one of these could have issued the PCN, meaning that the vehicle could then have parked legally. The point of justifying parking in a restricted area. Were the officers in fear of being attacked?. From what has been reported no!. Bexley Council is wrong to support such action by its officers. Unless a justifyed reason for so parking on double yellow lines. The the emergency services are not permitted, to speed or drive through red lights etc. Unless they can account for such reasons. It's all about justifing such actions. So the vehicle being ticketed, did this pose a hazard or restriction to another road users?. By the issue of a PCN, did this change the situation, no. In fact it could have made the matter worse. Let's explain, when a PCN is issued, a further PCN cannot be issued to that vehicle for the rest of that day for the same offence. So clearly the owner can then leave the vehicle there!. Where by it could caused an obstruction, should other vehicles then park. So really its a matter of revenue raising. To which the law does not permit. So clearly Bexley Council were wrong to support such actions. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 17

7:58pm Sat 12 Jul 14

terryhemple says...

if you've got a disabled badge you can park on them any time want so tell me wheres the logic in that...all traffic wardens are sneaky with no common ...bring back the old ones in yellow uniforms they was angels...and blow up those camera cars the worst of the lot
if you've got a disabled badge you can park on them any time want so tell me wheres the logic in that...all traffic wardens are sneaky with no common ...bring back the old ones in yellow uniforms they was angels...and blow up those camera cars the worst of the lot terryhemple
  • Score: 5

8:40pm Sat 12 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

terryhemple wrote:
if you've got a disabled badge you can park on them any time want so tell me wheres the logic in that...all traffic wardens are sneaky with no common ...bring back the old ones in yellow uniforms they was angels...and blow up those camera cars the worst of the lot
This is dependent on the markings, for yellow lines. If the kerb has yellow marking on them, disabled parking is not permitted.
Many disabled people believe that they can park where they like. This is not the case, if the vehicle is obstructing the highway. If a space is near way them a ticket could be issued. Also the permit could be removed. In one case a disabled driver parked on a double yellow line. As to the shop he was going a vacant bay, outside the shop!. But no, I can walk!. What was the point, its called I can park where I like. My disabled badge permits me to. So what happened, he recieved a warning letter through the post, as this incident was on CCTV!. This however was not Bexley Council.
[quote][p][bold]terryhemple[/bold] wrote: if you've got a disabled badge you can park on them any time want so tell me wheres the logic in that...all traffic wardens are sneaky with no common ...bring back the old ones in yellow uniforms they was angels...and blow up those camera cars the worst of the lot[/p][/quote]This is dependent on the markings, for yellow lines. If the kerb has yellow marking on them, disabled parking is not permitted. Many disabled people believe that they can park where they like. This is not the case, if the vehicle is obstructing the highway. If a space is near way them a ticket could be issued. Also the permit could be removed. In one case a disabled driver parked on a double yellow line. As to the shop he was going a vacant bay, outside the shop!. But no, I can walk!. What was the point, its called I can park where I like. My disabled badge permits me to. So what happened, he recieved a warning letter through the post, as this incident was on CCTV!. This however was not Bexley Council. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 3

11:13pm Sat 12 Jul 14

steeringwheelattendant says...

Martin Peaple...not the first time he's 'witnessed' something this week and had his name appear in a story...give him a job at NS lol
Martin Peaple...not the first time he's 'witnessed' something this week and had his name appear in a story...give him a job at NS lol steeringwheelattendant
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Sun 13 Jul 14

tonylangridge says...

Agencies representing Local or Government Authorities should be beyond
reproach and accountable. (How many times have you seen that Police vehicle parked illegally whilst its occupants are inside purchasing a 'takeaway! )Re Traffic Wardens : stepping out of an unmarked vehicle and issuing a penalty ticket, should render the offence invalid because it is a bit like a Traffic Warden issuing a ticket out of uniform. I am very careful not to illegally park, but I have heard that Bexley Council Traffic Division is very robust and overzealous in enforcing its policies. Two questions spring to mind, (1) Do the wardens supplement their wages with commission bonuses.? (2) Is the Council merely trying to increase its coffers at the expense of the motorist? . So drivers looking to spend
money in the borough, drive a few miles on and enjoy free parking at Bluewater, No worries about overrunning on the parking ticket you have bought, or the flash of a yellow and black uniform bearing down on you. Remember, here you can buy a decent pair of shoes or a nice dress/jacket for what it might cost you for a small misdemeanour in Bexley!
Agencies representing Local or Government Authorities should be beyond reproach and accountable. (How many times have you seen that Police vehicle parked illegally whilst its occupants are inside purchasing a 'takeaway! )Re Traffic Wardens : stepping out of an unmarked vehicle and issuing a penalty ticket, should render the offence invalid because it is a bit like a Traffic Warden issuing a ticket out of uniform. I am very careful not to illegally park, but I have heard that Bexley Council Traffic Division is very robust and overzealous in enforcing its policies. Two questions spring to mind, (1) Do the wardens supplement their wages with commission bonuses.? (2) Is the Council merely trying to increase its coffers at the expense of the motorist? . So drivers looking to spend money in the borough, drive a few miles on and enjoy free parking at Bluewater, No worries about overrunning on the parking ticket you have bought, or the flash of a yellow and black uniform bearing down on you. Remember, here you can buy a decent pair of shoes or a nice dress/jacket for what it might cost you for a small misdemeanour in Bexley! tonylangridge
  • Score: 7

8:37pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ns martin says...

steeringwheelattenda
nt
wrote:
Martin Peaple...not the first time he's 'witnessed' something this week and had his name appear in a story...give him a job at NS lol
This was a few weeks back but ns only just put it out think the council took some time in makeing up there reply
[quote][p][bold]steeringwheelattenda nt[/bold] wrote: Martin Peaple...not the first time he's 'witnessed' something this week and had his name appear in a story...give him a job at NS lol[/p][/quote]This was a few weeks back but ns only just put it out think the council took some time in makeing up there reply ns martin
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ns martin says...

tonylangridge wrote:
Agencies representing Local or Government Authorities should be beyond
reproach and accountable. (How many times have you seen that Police vehicle parked illegally whilst its occupants are inside purchasing a 'takeaway! )Re Traffic Wardens : stepping out of an unmarked vehicle and issuing a penalty ticket, should render the offence invalid because it is a bit like a Traffic Warden issuing a ticket out of uniform. I am very careful not to illegally park, but I have heard that Bexley Council Traffic Division is very robust and overzealous in enforcing its policies. Two questions spring to mind, (1) Do the wardens supplement their wages with commission bonuses.? (2) Is the Council merely trying to increase its coffers at the expense of the motorist? . So drivers looking to spend
money in the borough, drive a few miles on and enjoy free parking at Bluewater, No worries about overrunning on the parking ticket you have bought, or the flash of a yellow and black uniform bearing down on you. Remember, here you can buy a decent pair of shoes or a nice dress/jacket for what it might cost you for a small misdemeanour in Bexley!
Spot on
[quote][p][bold]tonylangridge[/bold] wrote: Agencies representing Local or Government Authorities should be beyond reproach and accountable. (How many times have you seen that Police vehicle parked illegally whilst its occupants are inside purchasing a 'takeaway! )Re Traffic Wardens : stepping out of an unmarked vehicle and issuing a penalty ticket, should render the offence invalid because it is a bit like a Traffic Warden issuing a ticket out of uniform. I am very careful not to illegally park, but I have heard that Bexley Council Traffic Division is very robust and overzealous in enforcing its policies. Two questions spring to mind, (1) Do the wardens supplement their wages with commission bonuses.? (2) Is the Council merely trying to increase its coffers at the expense of the motorist? . So drivers looking to spend money in the borough, drive a few miles on and enjoy free parking at Bluewater, No worries about overrunning on the parking ticket you have bought, or the flash of a yellow and black uniform bearing down on you. Remember, here you can buy a decent pair of shoes or a nice dress/jacket for what it might cost you for a small misdemeanour in Bexley![/p][/quote]Spot on ns martin
  • Score: 4

5:22pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Beckenham Chris says...

1. Why is the council obtaining cars at the tax payers expense for this purpose.
2. There is no Double yellow lines parking for Parking wardens.
3. As there is now evidence of the offence the driver of the car should be issued a fine irrespective of who they are.
1. Why is the council obtaining cars at the tax payers expense for this purpose. 2. There is no Double yellow lines parking for Parking wardens. 3. As there is now evidence of the offence the driver of the car should be issued a fine irrespective of who they are. Beckenham Chris
  • Score: 4

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