Driver ticketed by warden parked on double yellows

Driver ticketed by warden parked on double yellows

Sean Lynch

Mr Lynch claims he was caught unfairly

First published in Parking Madness by , Chief Reporter

A driver claims he was blocked in a yellow box junction by a council CCTV van parked on double yellows – which then ticketed him.

Sean Lynch, 37, was driving in rush-hour traffic on Monday, May 14, across the junction at Dorset Road and Kingswood Road when he claims he was forced to stop in a ‘yellow boxed’ junction because the parking officer was “blocking his way” and came to a standstill for less than a minute.

The traffic officer then photographed Mr Lynch, while parked on double yellows, and issued him with a £70 fine, which he said would arrive by post.

Mr Lynch, from Keswick Avenue in Merton Park, said: "There’s usually enough space for two vehicles in the entrance to the road but because the camera van was actually parked on double yellows blocking it I had nowhere to go and couldn’t pull fully into the road.”

Mr Lynch approached the traffic officer, who simply told him to take it up with the council.

He added: “He was creating the blockage and then taking photos of people who were getting caught up in the problem.

“Even when there were no vehicles there he made it very difficult for the van to manoeuvre through these roads.”

After reviewing the footage, the council revoked the ticket saying Mr Lynch had been blocked by another vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, but maintained the council vehicle was legally park in an area that can also be used by the disabled and for loading and unloading for 20 minutes.

Mr Lynch said: “Had I not contacted the Wimbledon Guardian I probably would have got a ticket. I’m glad they have seen sense.”

The covert nature of the CCTV van has raised further concerns about the revenue boosting methods of Merton Council.

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9:42am Thu 24 May 12

GR-London says...

The white CCTV van is parked ILLEGALLY - no two-ways about it.

The double yellow lines are there for a reason or they are not.

Merton's contempt for the public is disgusting.

Extortion - that's all it is.
The white CCTV van is parked ILLEGALLY - no two-ways about it. The double yellow lines are there for a reason or they are not. Merton's contempt for the public is disgusting. Extortion - that's all it is. GR-London
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10:12am Thu 24 May 12

SarahOX14 says...

If the photograph of the council's enforcement van shows where it was parked when it was ticketed then it's difficult to see how it was blocking Mr. Lynch's exit from the box junction.

Looking at the photograph, there's plenty of room to get a van between the box junction and where the enforcement vehicle was parked.

Had he actually followed rule 174 of the Highway Code, which states "You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear." he'd not have got a ticket.

He's entirely to blame and the ticket was justified.
If the photograph of the council's enforcement van shows where it was parked when it was ticketed then it's difficult to see how it was blocking Mr. Lynch's exit from the box junction. Looking at the photograph, there's plenty of room to get a van between the box junction and where the enforcement vehicle was parked. Had he actually followed rule 174 of the Highway Code, which states "You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear." he'd not have got a ticket. He's entirely to blame and the ticket was justified. SarahOX14
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12:59pm Thu 24 May 12

seandapaul says...

i dont really care wot people say i dont really watch wot them one dooo i would also ticket you cos you smell of vindalooo :p
i dont really care wot people say i dont really watch wot them one dooo i would also ticket you cos you smell of vindalooo :p seandapaul
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2:22pm Thu 24 May 12

jojackman says...

last year we had parking wardens appear at work, i have pictures of them even waving at us from the car parked on double yellows, made me sick. He even had the cheek to tell us he would be going to miami on what he earnt. Makes me so mad. i will upload the pcis if it helps.
last year we had parking wardens appear at work, i have pictures of them even waving at us from the car parked on double yellows, made me sick. He even had the cheek to tell us he would be going to miami on what he earnt. Makes me so mad. i will upload the pcis if it helps. jojackman
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6:35pm Thu 24 May 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

The other trick that I have seen a pair of Merton wardens using is to park an unmarked car on a restricted area in South Wimbledon, with the driver in plain clothes. the uniform warden gets out & waits almost out of sight until another car pulls up there, & he gets ticketed. The bait car does not appear in the pictures & then drives off with the uniformed warden. Are these wardens on commission or a bonus from the parking company. It was proved it happens in central London, is it happening in Merton?
The other trick that I have seen a pair of Merton wardens using is to park an unmarked car on a restricted area in South Wimbledon, with the driver in plain clothes. the uniform warden gets out & waits almost out of sight until another car pulls up there, & he gets ticketed. The bait car does not appear in the pictures & then drives off with the uniformed warden. Are these wardens on commission or a bonus from the parking company. It was proved it happens in central London, is it happening in Merton? Hove Ex-Pat
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7:28am Fri 25 May 12

bodon prifiz says...

dont go in box junction until you know ahead of you is clear!! simples!! Mr Lynch broke the highway code.
dont go in box junction until you know ahead of you is clear!! simples!! Mr Lynch broke the highway code. bodon prifiz
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8:44pm Fri 25 May 12

GR-London says...

Some of the comments on here are a bit naive - possibly not from people who drive.

There are occasionally instances where a Yellow Box Junction can have a clear exit as you enter, but something happens that you could not have anticipated, resulting in for example a vehicle cutting in front of you.

It happens a lot, but the parasites that issue the tickets try to conceal those details.

Anyway, the fact remains that the CCTV car is parked illegally.
Some of the comments on here are a bit naive - possibly not from people who drive. There are occasionally instances where a Yellow Box Junction can have a clear exit as you enter, but something happens that you could not have anticipated, resulting in for example a vehicle cutting in front of you. It happens a lot, but the parasites that issue the tickets try to conceal those details. Anyway, the fact remains that the CCTV car is parked illegally. GR-London
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8:48pm Tue 29 May 12

Surreydon says...

seandapaul wrote:
i dont really care wot people say i dont really watch wot them one dooo i would also ticket you cos you smell of vindalooo :p
Medication not kicked in yet?
[quote][p][bold]seandapaul[/bold] wrote: i dont really care wot people say i dont really watch wot them one dooo i would also ticket you cos you smell of vindalooo :p[/p][/quote]Medication not kicked in yet? Surreydon
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8:49pm Tue 29 May 12

Surreydon says...

GR-London wrote:
Some of the comments on here are a bit naive - possibly not from people who drive.

There are occasionally instances where a Yellow Box Junction can have a clear exit as you enter, but something happens that you could not have anticipated, resulting in for example a vehicle cutting in front of you.

It happens a lot, but the parasites that issue the tickets try to conceal those details.

Anyway, the fact remains that the CCTV car is parked illegally.
Well said!
[quote][p][bold]GR-London[/bold] wrote: Some of the comments on here are a bit naive - possibly not from people who drive. There are occasionally instances where a Yellow Box Junction can have a clear exit as you enter, but something happens that you could not have anticipated, resulting in for example a vehicle cutting in front of you. It happens a lot, but the parasites that issue the tickets try to conceal those details. Anyway, the fact remains that the CCTV car is parked illegally.[/p][/quote]Well said! Surreydon
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