item on Dick Turpin clampers, and even more dampers
Joined: 02 Jul 2006
|Posted: Thu Aug 16,
2007 10:06 am
Post subject: News item on Dick Turpin clampers,
and even more dampers
promises made before.
Several news items are on
this thread, to provide background context on the true
nature of the parking scam schemes. Other threads show
the undelying themes that take the average motorist
through a firewall of establishement supported
procedures at PATAS, NPAS, TEC, the County Court, all
revealing the nature of UNaccounable judicial bodies in
place to support the sham. Unambiguous proof is coming
amounting to over 1000 pages of exchanges monitored with
some councils that will all be made public under the
national codes of conduct that overrides each council's
duty to treat its electorate in accordance with a code of conduct that is
too frequently in
the breach, placing revenue ahead of duty of
care, making hte entire scheme flawed designed for
fraud, with the fraud act toothless at present. -- Of
Ticketting pregnant mothers and re-labelling
targets as 'baseline performence indicators, just like
renaming councils as local authorites setting examples
as to fraudulent behaviour.
3 - Wardens
confessions, corroborating what we already KNOW.
This is in the Ham &
High, you will not find similar articles in the Camden
New Journal, who I have tested for complicity in
support to the Camden
Parking Solutions, (Nice phrase that! Should be
more like Camden Barking
retributions) and so far they failed the
test of being a FREE press.
The air is promise crammed,
you can't feed capons so.
What we want
is a procedure that taxes driving and persuades people
to park MORE, that helps the CO2 argumnts that are
totally fallacious, and only brought in to reduce
unemployment as a politcal sound bite.
comment added by a minority view, sorry 'minority
Councils urged to stop clamping
grace period is being suggested for illegally parked
Councils in England will be banned from using
wheel-clamping to raise funds, under new proposals.
A Department for Transport consultation says
councils should "not seek to make a surplus" from
clamping parked cars.
The proposed guidance,
which is part of a parking regulations shake-up, puts a
priority on winning public support.
It says the
enforcement should be "proportional" to the
contravention's seriousness. Wheel-clampers are being
urged to target persistent offenders.
guidance is issued to councils outside London, based on
experience in the capital.
It also recommends a
15-minute "period of grace" for cars parked after a
meter has run out.
The proposals only to
clampers working on behalf of councils and not those
operating on private land, who are governed by voluntary
recommendations from a trade body.
A Department for Transport spokeswoman
said the guidance aims to be "more motorist friendly"
for those who do not persistently evade parking charges.
KEY CLAMPING PROPOSALS
Councils banned from
using clamping as a money-raising measure
priority" to cars overstaying beyond 15 minutes, parked
on a single yellow line or in a resident's bay without a
"Medium priority" to meter-feeders and
A 15-minute "period of grace" for cars
after meter runs out
Clamped cars released within an
hour of payment
"One illegally-parked car can,
and frequently does, cause traffic jams," she said.
"This is exacerbated by some motorists who
regularly and deliberately contravene parking
"These persistent evaders are often
not registered, or not correctly registered, on the DVLA
database and therefore think that they can get away with
not paying any penalty charges.
"We are bringing
in quicker clamping and removal times for persistent
Wheel-clampers are being urged to make
vehicles which are suspicious in other ways - such as
not having a valid tax disk - a top priority.
The proposals suggests clampers should give a
"low priority" to cars overstaying beyond 15 minutes,
parked on a single yellow line or in a resident's bay
without a permit.
Vehicles to be a "medium
priority" include people feeding a meter to stay beyond
the maximum time or not paying at all.
document also advises that: "Wheel-clamping may be
brought into disrepute if a local authority permits it
for what the public may regard as relatively unimportant
It also advises that clamped
cars should be released within an hour of payment.
Edmund King, executive director of the RAC
Foundation, said: "Motorists will welcome restrictions
on wheel clamping as the punishment rarely fits the
is a crude activity, which should have been outlawed at
the time of Dick Turpin."
a nice reply on
CAG prompts another insight.
|The document also says councils
should now be able to post PCNs to drivers who
drive off after the PA starts to issue the ticket!
The BBC seems to have only read 1 page out of 160?
YES, but we DON'T see it yet.
THIS means that there is no longer a distinction
between a stationary vehicle and a moving one. Wardens
already abuse their powers, they can now take pics and
SAY the vehicle WAS stationary and moved off.
The argument "that it is all in the mind of
the motorist" is developing, I already have seen it, and
will disambiguate it.
AND here is more,
getting worse, before it gets any better.
here's another one even more vicious, but NOT instantly.
what a farce.
the introduction will be dealt with sensitively (ONLY the introduction
that lasts for 5 mins, after
that, as ruthlessly and truthlessly as
they need the revenue. )
We won’t use Draconian
methods instantly,” he added.(
The moment after the
instant, just you wait for it, draconian is a mild word
It's called being FIRM but
FAIR, keeping the feel good factor in the
After all, it's the 'will of
Parliament' and the pill of people. Sorry we forgot the
bit about Parliament expressing the
will of the people, this is business, no personal
feelings. I think it's called agitprop.
aren't asking to be thrown out. I wonder what our clever
public will think next time they come lamb faced to the
door asking for your vote.
It's no use saying the
comparison makes them better than the others, they are
ALL 'rhetorical'. They need to be changed whoever they
are, every 4 years or sooner.
2 - Ticketting pregnant
County-wide parking changes will see fines
increase to £90 as attendants are told to dish out
tickets to broken down vehicles and pregnant mothers who
have flouted the rules.
The plan to decriminalise
offences and put enforcement in the hands of council
staff will be agreed on Thursday with the powers being
rolled out across the county from October.
changes will bring more wardens and a crackdown on
misdemeanours where previously police have not been
enforcing the law because of a lack of manpower.
detailed 98-point instruction manual has been created by
the newly formed parking chiefs, covering every excuse a
canny motorist could think of including broken
pay-and-display machines, lost keys and an extra-long
visit to the doctor. The new warden’s rule book states
it is reasonable to expect a driver to be with their car
in the event of a flat tyre. If they are not there a
fine is issued.
In the instance of a pregnant
woman who has parked in the wrong place the guidelines
state: “Generally pregnancy is not considered a
disability and should not normally lead to the
cancellation of a fine.
“If a delay is caused by the
mother not allowing additional time to deal with her own
condition which she is fully aware of the notice should
Stafford borough cabinet member for
planning and regeneration Doug Davis said: “Quite
rightly the police say they just haven’t got the
manpower to deal with parking issues, as crime
prevention is more important. Wardens will take on
responsibility throughout the borough.”
He said the
introduction will be dealt with sensitively and will
start with a widespread education campaign to inform the
public of the change.
“Wardens will not just appear
banging notices on people’s cars. We won’t use Draconian
methods instantly,” he added.
Fines are increasing
by 50 per cent from £60 to £90 but the reduced rate for
prompt payment will remain £30 and the changes will be
phased in first in Staffordshire Moorlands and East
Staffordshire followed by Newcastle-under-Lyme and
Stafford in November.
Cannock, Tamworth and
Lichfield can expect to see the changes in 2008 with
South Staffordshire following suit the following year.
Council wardens currently operate only in car parks,
and motorists in Staffordshire have been getting off
Former police inspector Steve Allen has
left the Staffordshire force to manage the new parking
department in the Stafford borough.
The changes will
cost around £400,000 in Stafford alone, and will be paid
for with county council cash initially but are expected
to be self-funded in each area by the end of the first
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- Jude Law's parking nemesis reveals how wardens issue
tickets for cash.htm
Jude Law's parking
nemesis reveals how wardens issue tickets for cash
06 September 2007
A FORMER traffic warden has
lifted the lid on Camden's parking regime - claiming
that wardens get cash bonuses if they slap large numbers
of tickets on residents.
Paul Winnett, from
Grafton Road in Kentish Town, worked for the parking
department for nine years as a warden and clamper before
resigning in January.
He says he left after
being told he wouldn't get his annual bonus from
Camden's contractor NCP because he did not issue enough
The firm denies setting ticket quotas.
But a letter seen by the Ham&High appears to confirm
that wardens were offered bonuses - something Camden
Council has always denied.
Mr Winnett, 38, who
was once snapped clamping Jude Law, said: "It has always
been the case that wardens are given commission for the
number of tickets they issue.
"We are little
more than ticket generating machines and it breaks your
resolve after a bit. There isn't a single person there,
including myself unfortunately, that hasn't issued a
"Effectively, Camden is
just taking £50 a time when many people have done
nothing wrong. I have also heard many times that the
people of Hampstead are too rich to bother to appeal and
they take advantage of that."
"If you don't get
enough tickets they will put you in a bit of Camden
which is particularly unpleasant. They work you 50 or 60
hours a week and you walk 20 miles a day."
letter was sent to Mr Winnett in April by the regional
manager of NCP Michael Adewole confirming the
conversation that led to his resignation.
agreed that Mr Winnett's boss had told wardens they
would not get bonuses because they hadn't issued enough
NCP has argued over the meaning of
words in the letter but the allegations are similar to
those previously reported in the Ham&High.
In 2004 one of our reporter's went undercover
with Camden's former parking bosses Apcoa. He revealed
they were using quotas and expected wardens to cover 20
miles a day.
Mr Winnett continued: "Camden
Council is quite happy to monitor barely trained
attendants, but they are not checking how these
attendants are being made to behave.
question is whether the council wants fewer tickets to
be issued or not."
Another warden who still
works at NCP and didn't want to be named, backed-up Mr
Winnett's story. He said: "A high-yield attendant will
get a bonus and a lower yield one won't. They say
bonuses are based on things like attendance and whether
complaints have been made, but many attendants will come
in every day, have no complaints, but not get it. The
feeling is they have not given enough tickets."
NCP denied all the allegations made by Mr
Winnett about bonuses. They say bonuses are given on
other performance criteria, but refused to show the
Ham&High the details. A spokesman said: "It is
unhelpful to have confusing letters sent out during a
grievance procedure. Suffice to say, NCP Services
absolutely denies there was any reference to bonuses and
penalty charge notice (PCN) numbers in this briefing.
"Bonuses paid to employees of NCP Services are
never related to PCN numbers. We lobbied the Government
last year to make this kind of thing illegal."
Camden Council spokeswoman said: "Parking attendants are
under no pressure whatsoever to issue PCNs.
"There are no targets for individual parking
attendants as we would only expect PCNs to be issued
when a contravention has taken place."
NCP replaces Apcoa as Camden's parking
o November 2005:
Motorist Action Group is formed by Hampstead actor Tom
Conti. The group is made up of Camden residents fed up
with the parking regime. They single out parking boss
Cllr John Thane and campaign against him.
Camden's Labour administration, including
Cllr Thane, is voted out at the local elections.
The party later admits it didn't realise the
strength of opposition to its parking policies. A
Lib-Dem Tory alliance is elected - promising to make
parking policies fairer in Camden.
o July 2006:
The new council abolishes clamping, except the most
o March 2007: Figures
reveal the new council has made a £18.8million profit on
parking in its first year, £3.8million more than the
previous year under
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