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Parking Enforcement Officers stealth tactics

On 11 Mar 2016 at 11:26pm hacked off resident wrote:
I got a ticket today for “parking more than 50cm from the kerb”
I'm annoyed about it, can't challenge it and will have to take it on the chin.
Issuing a ticket at 7.30pm in a residential street is simply meeting ticket quotas and raising revenue. The CPEOs have even been seen here after 9.30pm. The current tactic seems to be to park up, issue tickets and scurry off as quick as possible to avoid the backlash. They know which streets have parking problems and will thus generate revenue. How about taking a look at the whole picture for a change? The officer I attempted to speak to was a complete robot, when I told her that parking was a nightmare for residents all I got was a shrug of the shoulders. “Stealth” ticketing is simply for revenue and nothing else. A simple vehicle check would determine that the owner of the vehicle was literally feet away – knock on the door “move your car or you get a ticket” -job done. But common sense does not prevail you are simply spineless robots meeting ticket quotas. Try showing some empathy for as change – no wonder you are utterly despised.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:06am Tipex wrote:
Infuriating though your experience must have been I'm not sure it's so cut and dried.
You were parking half a metre outside the bay. That means either you were taking up 2 precious parking bays or sticking out a long way into the road. Also, you do have the right to appeal and details about how to do this are on the ticket. Whatever people think about the parking scheme, not breaking the rules is the best way to not be affected by it.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:07am Onlooker wrote:
The parking scheme is NOT quota based in spite of the myths.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:09am Lewes Voter 3 wrote:
So park properly then. The rules are available to all and must be obeyed. Without this, there is no order.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:21am Tipex wrote:
50cm?? Did you get a taxi to the kerb?
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:44am Lewes Lady wrote:
If you park illegally in a road known for having parking problems (your words), what do you expect? Knob.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:55am hacked off resident wrote:
Onlooker, I find the no quota statement hard to believe - traffic wardens never used to issue tickets late at night. they pick on the streets that have parking problems as they know its easy pickings.
Lewes Voter and Tipex -very easy to condem isnt it? no other parking available in all adjacent streets. i was double parked close to an open space that was slightly too small. I was in between meetings and my OH was checking out of the window with keys in hand waiting for a space to become available or to move the car quicly if there was an emergency. the warden was standing in the alleyway and we couldnt see them otherwise we would have got out and moved. Our street is residential yet chocker with transits and other "work vehicles" that take up 2 normal size spaces. We complain and council does F all. Residential streets should be for residential vehicles. I accepy my ticket under protest. A parking enforcement officer sticking tickets on cars on double yellow lines at 9.30pm at night as was witnessed recently with in a residential street in the town suburbs is ticketing for revenue pure and simple.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 6:25am Horny handed wrote:
son of toil - So it's your "abandoned" car vs. the working men's Transits. To quote another poster on another thread. " How very bloody Lewes"
On 12 Mar 2016 at 7:08am hacked off driver wrote:
So, according to your second post the car was DOUBLE PARKED; not just more than 50cm. out. You deserve a ticket!
I hope there was still room for a fire engine to pass.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 7:36am NCP wrote:
Park legally and you won't get a ticket. Simple really.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 8:04am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
"Our street is residential yet chocker with transits and other "work vehicles" that take up 2 normal size spaces. We complain and council does F all. Residential streets should be for residential vehicles."
Wow, what a snob. It must be really traumatic for your white-collar sensitivities to have this constant reminder that manual workers and tradesmen can afford to live in your street. Would you be so damning about someone who parked a really massive luxury car there?
They have as much right to park near their homes as you do. And you'd be the first to moan if it took a plumber a long time to get to your home out of hours because his van was parked on the other side of town while you were knee deep in the contents of your drains.
You thoroughly deserve that ticket. Well done that PCEO!
On 12 Mar 2016 at 8:29am DJ wrote:
What a moaner you are HoR. The only reason aren't going to appeal is because you know you are in the wrong. You intentionally contravened the parking regulations and then have the audacity to blame the CPEO for not tracing you through the system so she could come and find you to ask you to move!!! Unbelievable. Instead of moaning perhaps you ought to appreciate how many times you have may have got away with it.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 8:39am Newhaven Lad wrote:
We do get "hit and run" wardens over here in Newhaven often late at night. Parking can be a nightmare in some parts of the town and they know it will be easy pickings.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 10:40am Historian wrote:
I got a ticket in a 40 minute loading bay, as i wasn't seen loading for 11 minutes !! I appealed against it and won, however in the letter 'they' (the council) said that in a loading bay the time allowed for being away from the vehicle is actually 4 minutes !! So i wont get away with it again !! No mention on the $0 minute loading bay sign of all that nonsense.
Hope i never have to deliver a chest of drawers to a top floor flat !!
On 12 Mar 2016 at 10:43am Double Yellow wrote:
If late night parking in Newhaven is "a nightmare", isn't it a good thing that active parking enforcement takes place occasionally? The same applies to Lewes.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 10:46am Dodo wrote:
I have a complete nightmare trying to find a parking spot for my second car, which I hardly use. I believe I'm being unfairly targeted by these parking vultures. I live in the centre of Lewes so I think I have a right to park anywhere with in reason.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 10:54am Earl of Lewes wrote:
One of the reasons why it's hard to find a space is because some people park so badly, using up a space that could easily accommodate two cars. 50cms is quite a way out.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 12:01pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Parking enforcement late into the evening takes place because some people park dangerously or in such a way that they obstruct the road for other road users.
People have been ticketed up on the Nevill for parking too close to blind corners, and rightly so.
That sort of enforcement is much more justifiable than ticketing people who have overstayed in a car park for more than 10 minutes because the doctor was running late and they had to wait an hour to see him or whatever.
On 12 Mar 2016 at 6:15pm Convenient wrote:
@Hacked off resident .. I've spotted an error in your post .. it's actually YOU that is despised not someone doing their job . You were double parked !! Therefore not worthy of sympathy , how funny that you came here for support and now realise that everyone just thinks that you are very very lazy .. and not as "special " as you obviously feel ..
On 15 Mar 2016 at 11:31pm Flashdance wrote:
Not sure about a quota these traffic wardens (of vulchers as I call them) work to, but it is certainly true that they use sneaky and targeted tactics. They DO go to areas which are problematic, and I've seen it with my own eyes how they quickly hurried off to avoid confrontation. I never parked on double yellow of say off the curb and that's wrong. However, it's true that these traffic wardens are a breed of their own,driven by commission, rather than safety and parking law.
On 21 Mar 2016 at 5:21pm Walkies wrote:
Why do the wardens target residential streets and car parks when areas such as the High Street are a real problem with pavement parker's and vans left for ages with no sign of loading/unloading activity! The large delivery trucks cause chaos particularly those delivering to the restaurant at the traffic lights, and why can't florists take their van to meet the massive Dutch flower truck rather than it holding up traffic near Westgate?

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