Monday, June 09, 2008

Another parking complaint passed to the Police

As another very serious allegation is laid one of our sources within the enforcement industry privately reveal that it is only a matter of time before the Police are forced to act, either on a fraud or perverting the course of justice charge, against a council or its officials.

The story below if Mr. James' allegations are supported with the evidence, which should not be too difficult to find MUST end up in court.

Parking fine row steps up
by John Kirk

Shropshire Star

Parking enforcement firm ParkRight has been reported to police by a Shrewsbury motorist after bosses had a sign in the town moved during a row over a £60 parking ticket.

Brenig James said he gave a statement to police officers earlier this week after contacting them to see whether he could press charges against ParkRight over the issue.

Last weekend the Shropshire Star revealed how Mr James, of Whitchurch Road, had fought a year-long battle to have the parking ticket cancelled.

It was revealed that ParkRight met council bosses three months after the ticket was issued to ask them to move a sign, the positioning of which was central to the argument.
The battle came after he was issued a ticket after a “zone ends” sign in the pedestrianised Claremont Hill in May last year.

The county council instructed contractors to remount the sign further along the pavement, bringing the area where the car was parked inside the restricted zone.

Through a Freedom of Information request filed by Mr James it was revealed that the sign was moved on August 22.

Mr James appealed twice and finally won a third appeal after showing what he had uncovered to the adjudicator. He was awarded more than £400 in compensation.

Today Mr James said he had informed police because he believes the rules should be enforced fairly.

He said he was not against parking enforcement.
He warned: “I think people should be aware of what’s going on and something should be done to rectify it.”
Mr James said: “I wondered if the police might be interested in this and if I could report them for any offences. I have given a statement to police and they will consider whether any charges will be brought.”

Police said today they could not comment because of data protection laws.

ParkRight is a partnership of the county council and Shropshire’s district and borough councils.
The county council has previously said an investigation would be carried out into the matter.

No-one from ParkRight was available for comment today.
The original story 'Sign Moved in Parking Row' can be seen here

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