Relieving people of their hard-earned cash through parking fines is never going to be an ‘easy’ job.
Getting ‘fined’ £60 for parking somewhere where you shouldn’t will always be a bitter pill to swallow – especially if you just happened to park something that causes no inconvenience to anyone, yet you still get whacked with a hefty fine.
Of course, there is the ‘argument’ that if you don’t park where you shouldn’t then you won’t get a ticket.
However, this argument does not take into account the fact that some parking companies and some councils will introduce new parking restrictions in areas where previously there weren’t any in an attempt to no-doubt try and fill the coffers with more cash.
Often, when I was a serving Police Officer in East London, we would get called by Civil Enforcement Officers who wanted ‘help’ because they were being shouted at by a member of the public who had returned to their vehicle only to find the infamous black-and-yellow parking ticket stuck right in the middle of their windscreen.
Most of the time, we would arrive and things would calm down relatively quickly because most motorists will acknowledge that had they of parked ‘legally’ then they wouldn’t have got a ticket.
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However, sometimes we would arrive at the ‘incident’ only to hear stories about how Civil Enforcement Officers had ‘allegedly’ been underhand in the manner by which they had issued the ticket in the first place.
This morning, we were sent an image of a Civil Enforcement Officer issuing a ticket to a wheelbarrow. Yes. A wheelbarrow.
Now, its stories such as this one which do absolutely no favours to the Civil Enforcement Officer community.
It’s a bit like a Police Officer arresting someone for stealing someone else’s oxygen.
You just would not do it, because it makes no sense!?
The question is; how on earth will the relevant authority that issued the ticket trace the owner of the wheelbarrow if they decide not to pay the fine!?
The last time I checked, wheelbarrows did not have number plates on them!
Alas, this is yet another prime example of where common sense and decency seems to have left this country.
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