The Spy Car – What A Saga!

“The spy car” as it has become affectionately (?) known hasn’t half got people talking and recently this discussion seems to have grown into one about the town’s Parking Attendants. Now I will start by saying that I’ve had my fair share of parking tickets over the years, either for overstaying or for parking on double yellow lines… It is horrible when you come back to the car you’ve left for 10 minutes or so and have got a ticket for £35.

There have been some “silly stories” where people have been booked at 10:01am, a few seconds after their time has run out or even mistakes with disabled (blue badge) parking. These do seem to get sorted out when people get in touch and object to their tickets – which is just the way it should be, someone ready to review the decision and apply common sense to decide whether the ticket should stand or not. As an aside I would suggest appealing a ticket is probably a better way of getting it rescinded than going to the local paper!

 I am sure most residents think, as I did, coming back to their car on double yellows – “Did I get away with it?” Usually the answer is yes… but on the odd occasion when you haven’t you get a bit annoyed and think why me and not some other chap! But I can’t say I have ever felt the need to have a go at a Parking Attendant or complain that they were doing their job. The law’s the law after all. When you get stopped for doing 80 mph on the motorway you don’t go to court and ask for your ticket to be rescinded do you? So why when you’ve parked illegally for 10 minutes should you expect your ticket to be rescinded either?

If you don’t want a ticket, don’t park on double yellows, on corners or on the pavement it is quite simple… and everytime you do and get away with it remember you’ve been lucky rather than unlucky when you get caught!

The spy car is like Marmite, you either love or hate it, there are a lot of residents that have spoken to me and ASKED for the spy car around their area to enforce the parking regulations, just because they aren’t as vocal does not mean they shouldn’t be heard.


About jamescourtenay

Local Southend resident, since before I can remember. I am hoping to represent the residents of Blenheim Park Ward after the May 2011 Local Elections. Straight Talking? - Yes. Approachable? - Yes. Accountable? - Yes. See my blog to find out how!
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