Drivers fork out £250,000 in fines on Colchester's most ticketed streets

Drivers fork out £250,000 in fines on Colchester's most ticketed streets

Drivers fork out £250,000 in fines on Colchester's most ticketed streets

First published in News

Almost £250,000 has been collected in a year as a result of penalty notices issued on Colchester’s ten most ticketed streets.

Drivers in the High Street fell foul of parking wardens the most, with 2,633 tickets issued in the year ending on March 31.

Another hotspot is Oxford Road, where £16,106 was received by the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) and 424 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Oxford Road adjoins Essex County Hospital, whilst there are also three schools - Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester High School and Oxford House School - in the immediate vicinity.

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1:10pm Mon 5 May 14

greenbroker says...

The wardens are up there every day. CASH COW.
The wardens are up there every day. CASH COW. greenbroker
  • Score: -1

1:13pm Mon 5 May 14

Ontheball says...

Couldn't agree more. Nothing at all to do with free ovement of vehicles, all to do with cash. Council money grabbing from easy targets. Most of the roads around Colchester don't even need restrictions, they are just put in to p*ss off the travelling public and are totally pointless.
Couldn't agree more. Nothing at all to do with free ovement of vehicles, all to do with cash. Council money grabbing from easy targets. Most of the roads around Colchester don't even need restrictions, they are just put in to p*ss off the travelling public and are totally pointless. Ontheball
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Mon 5 May 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Read the signs obey and don't get fined. Easy.
Read the signs obey and don't get fined. Easy. Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 28

4:51pm Mon 5 May 14

seikothrill says...

Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before

My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill

I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules.

If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them
Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules. If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them seikothrill
  • Score: 24

5:25pm Mon 5 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

seikothrill wrote:
Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before

My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill

I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules.

If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them
This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was.
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules. If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them[/p][/quote]This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: -9

8:08pm Mon 5 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Oliver Guiness wrote:
Read the signs obey and don't get fined. Easy.
Hold on a minute Colchester Council and the Parking Partnership Team, hundreds of thousands of wingers and moaners will be well versed in protesting some type of innocence sooner or later.
What will it be this time one beggars belief? Oh Occifer I did say Occifer "I could not read the signs properly", "The area is not clearly marked" or "I did not realize I was driving on a road" "I need glasses" "I need my brains tested for conjuring up so many porkies, that I cannot control myself" "The colour of the road is not correct".
Or the fact that I am such a ignorant uncaring road user thinking that whole of this free British land is there for but the grace go I.
I hope the team continue to rake in the dough, soon the whole of Christchurch is under scrutiny to have all timed parking, and non residents permit parking removed.
My heart bleeds for the lot of them. With some of the flash cars parked there all day, you would think they would pay their £3 quid and go in the St John's facility.
It makes me laugh at 12.30 out come the shufflers, moving to the 3 to 4 pm slots, than back again at 1.45pm to move them around its like musical chairs for the tight fisted. Some do it Vice Versa depending on their timetable.
For the sake of £17.50 a week its a complete F**K about.
As for shoppers or trying it on, The £30 on top of your frilly dress or jumper when you get caught must be a premium:
LOL...... :-0)
[quote][p][bold]Oliver Guiness[/bold] wrote: Read the signs obey and don't get fined. Easy.[/p][/quote]Hold on a minute Colchester Council and the Parking Partnership Team, hundreds of thousands of wingers and moaners will be well versed in protesting some type of innocence sooner or later. What will it be this time one beggars belief? Oh Occifer I did say Occifer "I could not read the signs properly", "The area is not clearly marked" or "I did not realize I was driving on a road" "I need glasses" "I need my brains tested for conjuring up so many porkies, that I cannot control myself" "The colour of the road is not correct". Or the fact that I am such a ignorant uncaring road user thinking that whole of this free British land is there for but the grace go I. I hope the team continue to rake in the dough, soon the whole of Christchurch is under scrutiny to have all timed parking, and non residents permit parking removed. My heart bleeds for the lot of them. With some of the flash cars parked there all day, you would think they would pay their £3 quid and go in the St John's facility. It makes me laugh at 12.30 out come the shufflers, moving to the 3 to 4 pm slots, than back again at 1.45pm to move them around its like musical chairs for the tight fisted. Some do it Vice Versa depending on their timetable. For the sake of £17.50 a week its a complete F**K about. As for shoppers or trying it on, The £30 on top of your frilly dress or jumper when you get caught must be a premium: LOL...... :-0) A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Mon 5 May 14

blockpaver says...

I would say that all who whine about being ticketed don't live in the road in which they are caught, if they did then restrictions and enforcement of the regulations would be well up their list of moans.

If you don't want to get a parking ticket park in an unrestricted area.
I would say that all who whine about being ticketed don't live in the road in which they are caught, if they did then restrictions and enforcement of the regulations would be well up their list of moans. If you don't want to get a parking ticket park in an unrestricted area. blockpaver
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Mon 5 May 14

jut1972 says...

Hope it is a cash cow for the council. Then the money can be spent on something useful. If selfish lazy idiots can't park correctly more fool them.
Hope it is a cash cow for the council. Then the money can be spent on something useful. If selfish lazy idiots can't park correctly more fool them. jut1972
  • Score: 2

11:41pm Mon 5 May 14

Reginald47 says...

Ontheball wrote:
Couldn't agree more. Nothing at all to do with free ovement of vehicles, all to do with cash. Council money grabbing from easy targets. Most of the roads around Colchester don't even need restrictions, they are just put in to p*ss off the travelling public and are totally pointless.
Coilchester Council doesn't get a penny from on-street parking fines.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Couldn't agree more. Nothing at all to do with free ovement of vehicles, all to do with cash. Council money grabbing from easy targets. Most of the roads around Colchester don't even need restrictions, they are just put in to p*ss off the travelling public and are totally pointless.[/p][/quote]Coilchester Council doesn't get a penny from on-street parking fines. Reginald47
  • Score: -1

7:25am Tue 6 May 14

mirokou says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
seikothrill wrote:
Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before

My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill

I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules.

If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them
This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was.
it is a Crown/Governmental vehicle ,therefore except from bus lanes etc… How silly is this comment its like children arguing "it's not fair"… Quite obvious security reasons as well. No matter what your individual opinion of the man he is still a G7 and world leader.
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules. If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them[/p][/quote]This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was.[/p][/quote]it is a Crown/Governmental vehicle ,therefore except from bus lanes etc… How silly is this comment its like children arguing "it's not fair"… Quite obvious security reasons as well. No matter what your individual opinion of the man he is still a G7 and world leader. mirokou
  • Score: -4

7:25am Tue 6 May 14

mirokou says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
seikothrill wrote:
Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before

My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill

I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules.

If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them
This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was.
it is a Crown/Governmental vehicle ,therefore except from bus lanes etc… How silly is this comment its like children arguing "it's not fair"… Quite obvious security reasons as well. No matter what your individual opinion of the man he is still a G7 and world leader.
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Apologies this is off topic and may have been commented on before My parents tell me David Cameron's car on his recent visit to Colchester was driven up North Hill I assume he (his driver) will be issued with fine for clearly breaking the Highway Code or is it one rule for him whilst al us have to adhere to the rules. If he (his driver) does not receive a fine I would like to know why. Politicians wonder why the general public are losing faith in them[/p][/quote]This was for security reasons. It was the fastest way across from where he was.[/p][/quote]it is a Crown/Governmental vehicle ,therefore except from bus lanes etc… How silly is this comment its like children arguing "it's not fair"… Quite obvious security reasons as well. No matter what your individual opinion of the man he is still a G7 and world leader. mirokou
  • Score: -6

7:58am Tue 6 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

No likey - no parky.

#itsnotrocketscience
No likey - no parky. #itsnotrocketscience Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 4

8:59am Tue 6 May 14

romantic says...

I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight.

But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket.

By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked. romantic
  • Score: -1

9:01am Tue 6 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

romantic wrote:
I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight.

But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket.

By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.[/p][/quote]If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 0

10:30am Tue 6 May 14

romantic says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
romantic wrote:
I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight.

But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket.

By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.
I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.[/p][/quote]If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.[/p][/quote]I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law. romantic
  • Score: 7

5:16pm Tue 6 May 14

Reginald47 says...

romantic wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
romantic wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.
I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.
I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.[/p][/quote]If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.[/p][/quote]I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.[/p][/quote]I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05. Reginald47
  • Score: -14

9:31am Wed 7 May 14

romantic says...

Reginald47 wrote:
romantic wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
romantic wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.
I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.
I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05.
Yes, I can park in neighbouring streets - if there is a space. I get home from work around 6.45 pm, at which time it is very unlikely that a space is free. Maybe 1 time in 5. If I see that, yes, of course, I jump in there. On the other 80% of occasions, as there is no space, I have to park on single yellow lines where parking is permitted until 8.00 am.

I time leaving the house so that I am gone by 8.00. In the area that I live, there can be 10 or 15 cars in the same situation each night. I am not suggesting that the traffic wardens have some sort of personal vendetta against me alone. When I leave at 8.00, I *sometimes* see wardens waiting around the corner. Not every day, but enough to feel that they are basically aiming to catch people who are late by a few minutes. You suggest it is not the case, but I can assure you that it does happen fairly often (couple of times a month).

The 8.02 am time was illustrative. I have been ticketed 3 times in the past year and all before 8.05 am. Off-hand, I cannot say which minute it was for each one.

I have no problem with traffic wardens enforcing the rules, but I am saying that it is a mean-spirited approach to be there at bang on 8.00 am. The times I have received tickets, as detailed before, were when my wife was ill, when I had a phone call, and when my child managed to cut herself. Sadly, these things don't always happen at convenient times.

Yes, by all means, come round at 10 am, or 9 am. To be there at precisely 8.00 am is completely within the letter of the law. Yes, it says 8.00 am is the cut-off, and I have been there 4 or 5 minutes after that time. I am just suggesting that perhaps a small amount of leeway could be given.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.[/p][/quote]If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.[/p][/quote]I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.[/p][/quote]I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05.[/p][/quote]Yes, I can park in neighbouring streets - if there is a space. I get home from work around 6.45 pm, at which time it is very unlikely that a space is free. Maybe 1 time in 5. If I see that, yes, of course, I jump in there. On the other 80% of occasions, as there is no space, I have to park on single yellow lines where parking is permitted until 8.00 am. I time leaving the house so that I am gone by 8.00. In the area that I live, there can be 10 or 15 cars in the same situation each night. I am not suggesting that the traffic wardens have some sort of personal vendetta against me alone. When I leave at 8.00, I *sometimes* see wardens waiting around the corner. Not every day, but enough to feel that they are basically aiming to catch people who are late by a few minutes. You suggest it is not the case, but I can assure you that it does happen fairly often (couple of times a month). The 8.02 am time was illustrative. I have been ticketed 3 times in the past year and all before 8.05 am. Off-hand, I cannot say which minute it was for each one. I have no problem with traffic wardens enforcing the rules, but I am saying that it is a mean-spirited approach to be there at bang on 8.00 am. The times I have received tickets, as detailed before, were when my wife was ill, when I had a phone call, and when my child managed to cut herself. Sadly, these things don't always happen at convenient times. Yes, by all means, come round at 10 am, or 9 am. To be there at precisely 8.00 am is completely within the letter of the law. Yes, it says 8.00 am is the cut-off, and I have been there 4 or 5 minutes after that time. I am just suggesting that perhaps a small amount of leeway could be given. romantic
  • Score: 4

5:05pm Wed 7 May 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

romantic wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
romantic wrote:
Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
romantic wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.
If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.
I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.
I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05.
Yes, I can park in neighbouring streets - if there is a space. I get home from work around 6.45 pm, at which time it is very unlikely that a space is free. Maybe 1 time in 5. If I see that, yes, of course, I jump in there. On the other 80% of occasions, as there is no space, I have to park on single yellow lines where parking is permitted until 8.00 am.

I time leaving the house so that I am gone by 8.00. In the area that I live, there can be 10 or 15 cars in the same situation each night. I am not suggesting that the traffic wardens have some sort of personal vendetta against me alone. When I leave at 8.00, I *sometimes* see wardens waiting around the corner. Not every day, but enough to feel that they are basically aiming to catch people who are late by a few minutes. You suggest it is not the case, but I can assure you that it does happen fairly often (couple of times a month).

The 8.02 am time was illustrative. I have been ticketed 3 times in the past year and all before 8.05 am. Off-hand, I cannot say which minute it was for each one.

I have no problem with traffic wardens enforcing the rules, but I am saying that it is a mean-spirited approach to be there at bang on 8.00 am. The times I have received tickets, as detailed before, were when my wife was ill, when I had a phone call, and when my child managed to cut herself. Sadly, these things don't always happen at convenient times.

Yes, by all means, come round at 10 am, or 9 am. To be there at precisely 8.00 am is completely within the letter of the law. Yes, it says 8.00 am is the cut-off, and I have been there 4 or 5 minutes after that time. I am just suggesting that perhaps a small amount of leeway could be given.
I do have a level of sympathy for you as I used to live in the Newtown resident parking area.

In the end it was one of a few deciding factors which made us move home.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: I live in an area which is residents parking, and have to pay for that despite there being far less spaces than cars. I understand the need for it, and have no objection to the principle of it. There are timed single yellows across the road which we can use overnight. But what we do have is traffic wardens lurking around corners waiting for the exact moment when the restrictions kick in and coming out with the tickets. It's happened before that I have had a phone call and been ticketed. When my wife was ill and I had to take up Lemsip: another ticket. By all means, go out there in the middle of the day, but it is galling to be ticketed at 8.02 am. Some would say: you know the rules, it serves you right for being 2 minutes late. That's what the Parking Partnership says if you appeal. To my mind, the purpose of parking restrictions is to keep traffic flowing in general, and with residents' permits, to prevent commuters and shoppers clogging up residential streets. But it can definitely feel like you are a cash cow being milked.[/p][/quote]If you live in the Resident Parking Zone you can purchase a parking permit, which applies regardless of the time of day.[/p][/quote]I have a parking permit, but not normally a space. So I have to park on single yellows which permit parking until 8.00 am. The last 3 tickets I have received have been timed at before 8.05 am. I aim to leave the house by 8.00 for exactly this reason. If I was still there at 10.00, I would not have a problem, but my problem is when I go around the corner and see the wardens standing there out of view waiting for 8.00 to come. It may be within the letter of the law, but I would suggest not the spirit of the law.[/p][/quote]I suggest it's also not exactly true either. I doubt anyone lurks 'round the corner' just to catch you out.. Why would they target you particularly? Anyway your parking permit is valid in neighbouring streets too. And one minute you're being ticketed at 8.02 and the next at 8.05.[/p][/quote]Yes, I can park in neighbouring streets - if there is a space. I get home from work around 6.45 pm, at which time it is very unlikely that a space is free. Maybe 1 time in 5. If I see that, yes, of course, I jump in there. On the other 80% of occasions, as there is no space, I have to park on single yellow lines where parking is permitted until 8.00 am. I time leaving the house so that I am gone by 8.00. In the area that I live, there can be 10 or 15 cars in the same situation each night. I am not suggesting that the traffic wardens have some sort of personal vendetta against me alone. When I leave at 8.00, I *sometimes* see wardens waiting around the corner. Not every day, but enough to feel that they are basically aiming to catch people who are late by a few minutes. You suggest it is not the case, but I can assure you that it does happen fairly often (couple of times a month). The 8.02 am time was illustrative. I have been ticketed 3 times in the past year and all before 8.05 am. Off-hand, I cannot say which minute it was for each one. I have no problem with traffic wardens enforcing the rules, but I am saying that it is a mean-spirited approach to be there at bang on 8.00 am. The times I have received tickets, as detailed before, were when my wife was ill, when I had a phone call, and when my child managed to cut herself. Sadly, these things don't always happen at convenient times. Yes, by all means, come round at 10 am, or 9 am. To be there at precisely 8.00 am is completely within the letter of the law. Yes, it says 8.00 am is the cut-off, and I have been there 4 or 5 minutes after that time. I am just suggesting that perhaps a small amount of leeway could be given.[/p][/quote]I do have a level of sympathy for you as I used to live in the Newtown resident parking area. In the end it was one of a few deciding factors which made us move home. Ritchie_Hicks
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5:32pm Wed 7 May 14

stevedawson says...

Mirokuo your comment was so sickenly correct no need to post it twice.
Mirokuo your comment was so sickenly correct no need to post it twice. stevedawson
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12:57pm Thu 8 May 14

mirokou says...

stevedawson wrote:
Mirokuo your comment was so sickenly correct no need to post it twice.
dodgy computer , not intentional
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Mirokuo your comment was so sickenly correct no need to post it twice.[/p][/quote]dodgy computer , not intentional mirokou
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