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Persistent Parking Ticket Non - Payers

November 24, 2018 9:01 AM
By Dean Sabri

A few months ago a local resident came to see me for a chat (thx Alan Wood). He works for a parking enforcement company, Penham Excel. Alan brought me up to speed with the fact that he'd been doing various trials around the country with the modern vehicle identification equipment available nowadays, and was discovering that owners who were persistent parking ticket evaders were also, more likely than not, driving untaxed or uninsured cars and many even had outstanding criminal warrants out in them.

So I asked wouldn't it make sense then to simply clamp the vehicle and when the owner returns, arrest them. Job done?

Which is when I learned that the law doesn't quite work like that. In fact it often makes it impossible to clamp a vehicle, even if there are numerous outstanding unpaid parking tickets against it, as if it's parked legally at the time, it cannot be touched.

I thought this was a nonsense so endeavoured to do something about it, and this week had a very constructive meeting in Parliament with the parking trade association. I'll now be leading a round-table discussion in Westminster with representatives from across the whole sector to identify precisely what actions the government need to take to catch these persistent offenders.

If this anomaly can be sorted, it will also make our roads a heck of a lot safer considering the number of uninsured and untaxed drivers out there causing havoc for law-abiding motorists.....

Have a good weekend folks and hope to see you around town.