Council staff park on double yellow lines only to issue tickets to people doing the same
Council staff in Weston-super-Mare are being criticised for parking on double yellow lines – only to ticket motorists for doing the same.
Anger has been mounting in the seaside resort among people who have been taking pictures of council staff – including wardens and highways officers – parking on the double yellows to ticket motorists parking illegally.
The pictures have been appearing on the Weston Parking Action Group Facebook page.
Local residents say the actions being taken by staff are unfair and are accusing the authority of ‘double standards.’
Resident Dave Clarke-Hall took these pictures of a council van parking on double yellow lines in Shrubbery Road – before a warden issued a ticket to motorist parked illegally.
Mr Clarke-Hall said: “This van parked illegally and on a dangerous corner on Shrubbery Road so they could get out to put a ticket on a car.”
Fellow resident Stuart Nichols posted: “They should set an example and park legally and walk back to issue a ticket. It’s double standards.”
Linda Buckley wrote: “Tut tut tut Mr Warden. Clearly the rules of the highway don’t apply to them.”
Parking wardens have handed out more than 21,000 tickets to motorists in the 12 months since they hit the streets of North Somerset.
North Somerset Council took over controlled parking enforcement (CPE) from the police in April last year.
The authority employs a team of 11 wardens to patrol the streets with those flouting the regulations – such as overstaying in a timed bay or parking on double yellow lines – being issued with a £70 fine.
However, alongside the wardens, additional council staff have received training and also now have the powers to issue tickets.
In the past 12 months wardens have handed out 21,596 parking enforcement notices.
However the authority has yet to tot up a final figure of how much money people actually paid in fines.
But it seems as if the law that applies to the general public regarding parking on double yellow lines does not apply to the authority’s team of parking wardens.
According to authority chiefs the wardens are allowed to park illegally while carrying out their job.
A council spokesman said: “Our civil parking enforcement officers are allowed to park illegally as part of their job.
“However they try to avoid this wherever possible as to set a good example.