Lawrence Wilson sent in the photos above and below with a few questions.
Who are the people who park this way, and why do they feel entitled to do so? And why have these vehicles not been ticketed?
To which I, as Editor, replied: If my experience of many years in London is typical you don’t see much of the wardens until every place has meters or permits. Otherwise they don’t bother unless there’s an accident or death and then it’s usually the police who turn up if it’s a criminal offence.
To which, Lawrence replied “all too true alas”.
So you are most likely to see wardens where there are meters or permits, because the county council has hired a private company to do the work and they will only be interested in areas that generate revenue.
In most areas therefore around the country, parking controls have slowly spread because people do not want to pay if they can avoid it, and permits have had to be introduced wherever people have garages and driveways, because the non-payers will park outside their houses and block their drives.
And the problem will get worse as public transport is allowed to deteriorate, and more households (apparently) seem to need (or want) more cars.
Image Credits: Lawrence Wilson .