Workers in an industrial estate were left shocked after a traffic warden parked on double yellow lines before proceeding to check the parking of others.
A passer by photographed the car after seeing a warden in uniform, with ticketing machine, get out and lock his car to begin his rounds.
The photographer joked: “We were wondering whether his was going to be the first ticket he issued or the last.”
He continued: “We could not believe it when he pulled up, got out of his car and walked off, presumably to do his rounds, bold as brass. The county council put double yellow lines all over the industrial estate because of the parking problems, yet it seems that doesn’t apply to traffic wardens. I guess that if you are the warden there is no one who is going to ticket you. We were just so struck by the irony. He was parked there for around three-quarters of an hour and then left. I don’t know whether he gave it up as a bad job or had a very lucrative trip. Either way he should have some questions to answer.”
The photo of the car was sent to Nottinghamshire County Council, to which Mr Gary Wood, of the highways team replied:
“Although we haven’t had a direct complaint made to the council, we have been made aware of a Civil Enforcement Officer parking on double yellow lines on Wednesday afternoon (of last week) along Brunel Drive, so will be following this up and carefully looking into the circumstances.
“While most Civil Enforce-ment Officer work is carried out on foot, occasionally a car is necessary so they are exempt from most parking restrictions while carrying out their duties.
“This includes double yellow lines, as alternative parking is not always practicably possible.”
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