North Tyneside Council pwned over parking ticket
Ross Lewis wasn't entirely thrilled to receive a parking ticket from North Tyneside Council, especially early on Sunday morning:
According to the blog set up by Ross to highlight his plight, Ross had parked up on a main road with no markings. Four hours later, a traffic warden issued a parking ticket for because his van was "parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a dropped kerb".
This is what the dropped kerb in question looked like:
"I parked the vehicle at approximately 4:30am this morning using my now tried and tested technique of checking the road and its proximity for any markings and or signage that would prohibit legal parking. I was not aware that North Tyneside Council now also expects me to use my hitherto unknown psychic powers to ascertain if I am committing a parking offence.
"I had parked the vehicle next to what at a glance in the dark light of 4:30am, appeared to be a badly repaired stretch of pavement. As you can tell from my address above, I am a resident of North Shields, so a badly repaired stretch of pavement is something that I encounter on a daily basis and as such, this particular stretch of pavement gave me no cause for parking concern."
Ross has published the full letter he's sent to North Tyneside council regarding the incident. It is, in a word, tremendous. As well as detailing his expedition to chart whether the council are consistent in their mysterious rules concerning unmarked dropped kerbs, he also explains the laws concerning parking and signs off in style:
"Apropos of nothing I have created a personal law about correspondence relating to PCNs. I haven’t told you about this law and nor have I made available any indicators that this law is in place but I am sure that you will gladly obey this law regardless. With that in mind I must insist that your reply to this letter must be sent by carrier pigeon. Unfortunately I will have to apply a charge of £75 for the feeding, watering and return of your pigeon, but I am happy for this to be offset against the £75 fine you have issued."
Brilliant. North Tyneside Council, you've been served.