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News and Comment October 2012

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2 October (Part 3) - Parking fines. Exposing Bexley’s dishonesty. (Episode 3)

Tippett and Craske“In your letter you stated that you were unaware that a loading restriction was in force because the kerb stripes were faded and the sign was obscured. Whilst we have noted your comments and the circumstances described in your letter, it is the responsibility of the motorist to ensure they are parked in accordance with all applicable restrictions.”

So said Bexley council on 17th August 2009 when dismissing the disabled former policeman’s appeal against his parking fine. So he photographed the evidence which Civil Enforcement Officer BL286 said he had recorded in his notebook and sent it to Bexley council. On 16th September a demand for payment of £120 was issued with a threat to increase it to £180 if no payment was forthcoming within 28 days, which prompted a letter to Greg Tippett, one of Bexley council’s Parking Managers and an ‘Authorised Officer’.

A week later the fine was cancelled.

Fine cancelled
“The reason for cancellation is that we have cancelled it.” Not much of a reason is it? Why didn’t they come out with truth? ‘We ignored you twice in a concerted attempt to pervert the course of justice, we conspired as best we could to defraud you but we failed and we are sorry to have been caught out.’

The policeman saw things much the same way too and so began the two and a half year battle to get Bexley council to admit that it pays no regard to justice or the law. In this case the Road Traffic Acts. More to come…

This story is reported in an indeterminate number of episodes. A cumulative version is provided for convenience.


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