Clampdown ‘victims’ ‘vow’ to appeal

31 Mar

All too often the motorist parking across a pavement is placed in the role of being the victim by the local media as they were in this recent case in Aylesbury. To start with lets look that the language used in the article that appeared in the Bucks Herald yesterday. The title includes the words ‘victim’ and ‘vow’. As a reality check a victim is defined as being “an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance” or “a person who is tricked or swindled“.  A vow is defined asA solemn promise to perform some act, or behave in a specified manner, especially a promise to live and act in accordance with the rules of a religious order“. Heavy stuff! Here are these unfortunate ‘victims’ as they appeared in the local paper.

The aylesbury ‘victims’

The article then goes on to talk about a ‘simmer parking dispute‘ and a ‘blitz‘ of penalty tickets and quotes one of the victims as saying that parking on the pavement is the ‘safest option‘ and that ‘obstructing a pavement is not as bad as obstructing the road‘.

Finally the article goes on to give the facts which were that every resident had already received a warning letter, that the police were acting after complaints from people who were unable to use the pavements with wheelchairs and pushchairs and that the police claimed that there was plenty of space in the neighborhood to park legally.

So, what is the truth? Here are a couple of Google Street View images. The first one shows car parked well across the pavement in the area where the fines were given, the second shows that there is plenty of space about 250 meters further along the same road (click on images to access the Google Street View image in question).

Pavement parking on Northern Road

A little further along Northern Road with lots of space

Then of course there are the costs of this operation. Lets assume that the police handed out 20 tickets at £30 each. That will raise £600 for the government. What is the cost of this operation and what will be the cost of the appeal? I think we can with confidence say that it is more than £600, so another victim in all this is general tax-payer, and then there are the victims of the other incidents that the police have not able to attend to because of this storm in a teacup. I rest my case!

One Response to “Clampdown ‘victims’ ‘vow’ to appeal”

  1. Graham Martin-Royle March 31, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    “Sadly obstructing a pavement is not as bad as obstructing the road.”

    Sadly that’s the normal opinion of far too many motorists. I applaud the police for tackling this problem and I hope that, if these people do appeal against their tickets, they lose said appeal. As for where else they can park, maybe, just maybe they will have to get used to walking a bit further.

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