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Wednesday, November 29, 2006



I get pig sick of the people who invent exemptions for themselves and then whine when they are caught, making it sound like it’s our fault they were breaking the law. ‘Charities’ are the worst offenders. Mostly treehuggers of whatever colour. Three dozen fanatics charge out to rescue a dying frog in the local pond; leave their vehicle blocking out, let’s say a no loading restriction where they cause congestion and thus more urban pollution; then when they get booked for it they go scampering to the media and whinge, trying to make it look like the Parking Enforcers are a bunch of Nazi’s.

Let’s get something straight; unless you have a duly authorised permit to stop on a restriction you shouldn’t be there. The only official exemptions are;

The Armed forces (None of us would ever be dumb enough to try and book an APC or a Challenger Tank – Although we might send an unpopular newbie in to try – He, he, he.)
The Police (We occasionally need their help)
Ambulances and Official Paramedics (Likewise, but London occasionally does things differently.)
Fire Brigade (Yeah, right. Like we’re that stupid)
Post Office Delivery vehicles (Not UPS, DHL or any other courier company)
Security vans (They are usually listed in the Controlled Parking Zone orders for the area).
Removals vans have exemptions in certain places too, but that depends on the CPZ orders for the Special Parking Areas.

Anyone else is fair game. If the driver is present they get moved on (Well at least I do it that way), otherwise the wheels turn and a parking ticket is issued. Even the RSPCA is not exempt. The people who went to try and ‘rescue’ that whale in the Thames last year (Even if it died anyway) were not exempt. Guide dogs for the blind are not exempt. Cancer Research is not exempt. If you aren’t on the above list of ‘official’ exemptions; park legally or get booked.

The problem is that all the do gooders want to be given exemptions and there’s no mechanism for ensuring they’re being honest or not. Trust between public and enforcement has broken down because it’s fashionable to do what you please and sod everyone else. Ergo, we are not allowed discretion in these matters, although I often turn a blind eye for a couple of minutes if someone asks really nicely.

The problem is that urban Britain is just too small for said sentimentalist antics. If it wasn’t, then I wouldn’t be in a job.

Incidentally, any ‘Grace period’ of observation that we give is purely at the issuing officers discretion. Five minutes is a compromise figure because the odds are that a non liveried vehicle on a restriction is more likely to be taking the piss than loading. If an Officer is sure someone is parked and not loading, he / she can issue immediately. However, if a plasterers van is on double yellows outside McDonalds, I’m not likely to allow much more than two to five minutes either.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Post Office Delivery vehicles (Not UPS, DHL or any other courier company)" Why not UPS or DHL, FedEx etc? They are doing the same job as the PO. Why exempt one delivery firm and not another? Not fair at all.

Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:51:00 pm  
Blogger Rhea said...

My guess would be as PO vans are on her majesty's business and the others are private firms?

Thursday, November 30, 2006 1:45:00 pm  
Blogger c4nkr said...

A lot depends on the council - in my area post office are not exempt at all - only group 4 /securitas. I tend to turn a blind eye to PO vans unless the driver takes the piss - then he's fairgame

Thursday, November 30, 2006 6:50:00 pm  
Anonymous gordonjcp said...

You know what? I've parked various vehicles - my own car, a signwritten company van, a brand-new not-signwritten-yet plain white company van and a hire van, among others - on double yellows for anything up to a couple of hours, and *not got a ticket*. How?

Well, for one thing, I only did that when it was unlikely to cause much of a problem. Furthermore, I sought out a nearby parking attendant and said "I'm working in that building there, I'm in and out to the van all the time, and there's my mobile number in case you need it shifted, or failing that just follow the big thick wire coming out of the back doors..."

You know, it's funny how obliging people can be if you're polite and not taking the piss.

Friday, December 01, 2006 12:05:00 pm  
Blogger colddrinkfriends said...

everyone should obey traffic rules and govt . should have more humanity

Friday, December 01, 2006 12:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because the Post Office are the 'universal service provider' as defined in the legislation - if there was a way of banning them they would!

Thursday, December 07, 2006 11:12:00 pm  

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