Anger over parking of Islington council vehicles in banned spots
PUBLISHED: 06:31 07 January 2015
The town hall has once again come under fire for parking vehicles in banned spots - even when they’re slapping motorists with tickets for doing the same thing.
One angry motorist, Westley Davis, spotted Islington Council cars and trucks parked where they shouldn’t be on three separate occasions, two within a couple of days of each other.
During the summer, he saw a truck park on double red lines on Upper Street, Islington, for about 20 minutes while the driver went into town hall offices.
Then last month he saw a parking enforcement car parking in a prohibited zone, blocking a businesses only entry and fire escape, on two occasions while dishing out tickets.
Mr Davis said: “It seems fraudulent to me. How can they park where they shouldn’t and give tickets out?
“It’s like it’s one rule for them and another rule for everyone else.
“They don’t think they have to abide by the same laws as the rest of us. The truck wasn’t even parked anywhere near the kerb and was blocking the whole of one side of the road, forcing other drivers into oncoming traffic.
“I went up to them and asked what they were doing – the guy in the cabin just wound the window up.“
The website for Transport for London (Tfl), which operate red routes, says: “Vehicles are not allowed to stop at any time on double red lines. They operate every day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and do not require a time plate (sign).
Last year the council was slammed by a scout leader when he and his troupe saw an enforcement car pull up outside their hut in Avenell Road, Highbury, in a no-stopping zone and the warden handing out Penalty Charge Notices (PCNS) for the same offence.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We expect enforcement vehicles to follow the same parking rules as everyone else.
“In limited circumstances, enforcement vehicles can stop in roads with parking restrictions so staff can carry out their work.
“However, we expect this only in exceptional circumstances. We will speak to our contractors [NSL] about these pictures.”
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