Common sense went out of the window as a jobsworth parking officer dished out a ticket to a Bath charity boss on a mission of mercy who stopped for 90 seconds on double yellow lines.Sounds like this newspaper has already made its mind up on who is in the wrong here, doesn’t it?
Cecil Weir, who is the funding manager of the Julian House, the city’s homeless shelter, was delivering a box of Christmas cards to the church’s big charity sale this week at St Michael’s Church, which is entirely surrounded by ‘no stopping’ roads in the city centre.Well, yes. Just as the act of clamping a car for being an obstruction means it’s there longer than it may have otherwise been.
Mr Weir said he had parked for only a minute and a half and returned to his car to find a parking enforcement officer beginning to write out a ticket. The act of writing out the ticket took more than four minutes – three times longer than the car was going to be parked for in the first place.
But, so what? Should we not issue tickets? Even when they are fully deserved?
“I fully admit that technically I shouldn’t have parked there, the loading bays were full and I pulled up right in front of them. I wasn’t blocking the road or anything,” he said.Really? OK, pay the ticket and shut up, then.
“I’m not looking for any special treatment….
…I just think it’s such a shame that discretion has gone out of the window.Wait, hold on there…
“The purpose of having double yellow lines is to keep that road clear, but my car was there a lot longer because I got a ticket than if I could have just driven off after 90 seconds.
“I know these traffic wardens have a job to do, but it seems that they are driven by targets rather than common sense,” he said, adding that he would be appealing against his ticket.
Let’s have that bit above again:
“I fully admit that technically I shouldn’t have parked there, the loading bays were full and I pulled up right in front of them.”Well, that’s going to be one short appeal!