Motorist gets parking ticket - while he’s in traffic

7 February 2014

Ok, so if you park on a double yellow and nip to the shop to get fags, and a traffic warden catches you, it’s a fair cop, guv. But if you’re WAITING IN A QUEUE OF TRAFFIC AT A RED LIGHT, then you don’t expect a ticket, do you?
Bitterwallet - appeal parking tickets

Well that’s what happened to poor Victor Hankins, who was idling next to a bus stop waiting for the lights to change when a traffic enforcement vehicle mistakenly pinpointed him for a parking violation.
When he received the ticket Mr Hankins, from Bradford, said it was ‘an absolute joke’ and immediately appealed against the ludicrous decision.

It doesn’t sound like the council was particularly friendly at this point, because after checking the highway code, Hanky got serious on their ass, and said:

‘I told them that I would be removing the appeal and I'd be seeing them in court and I wanted the camera operative in the court with me. At that point they overturned everything, apologised and the attitude couldn't have been more helpful and totally the opposite (from before).’

Bradford Council backtracked and did more groveling to Mr Hankins, saying: ‘All images are checked before a Penalty Charge Notice is issued. In this case a mistake was made. When we find out that we have issued a penalty notice in error we cancel it and refund as appropriate.’

(Which makes it sound like it happens all the time.)

TOPICS:   Motoring   Consumer Advice   Government


  • wOnKeY H.
    Please change the trolley picture. It's really annoying now.
  • mixy m.
    Parking ticket for the trolley
  • Old G.
    I immediately thought Fair Play! So one innocent motorist gets targeted. What about the hundreds that escape every single day and are allowed to carry on driving around like complete morons?
  • fuqstix
    The trolley pic will be 2 years old on Feb 15th. LET'S PARRRRR-TAAAAAY....
  • Teddy E.
    I liked the final comment Andy er I mean Lucy.

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