Confusing parking meter to be moved

Confusing parking meter to be moved

Confusing parking meter to be moved

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A CONFUSING pay-and-display machine which left irate motorists with needless fines is now being moved.

Southend Council has bowed to pressure over the machine, located near residents’ parking bays in Carlingford Drive, behind Southend Hospital.

It has duped hundreds of hapless motorists into wrongly believing they could park there, when in fact they should have been using bays further away.

The residents’ bays are only three metres away from a pay-and-display machine, but the ones for non-residents to use are 30 metres from the machine, and there is only a small sign informing drivers.

The Echo has reported how dozens of unsuspecting drivers, many of them elderly, have been ticketed by traffic wardens.

It meant the wardens were regularly facing the wrath of motorists who felt they had been misled.

Bob Day, 70 of Ashurst Avenue, Southend, branded the installing of the machine a waste of money.

He said: “My wife is in hospital having an operation on her knee, and I have diabetes, so we are up and down to the hospital quite a bit.

“I saw a traffic warden taking the money out of the machine the other day, so I asked him why the machine was put there.

“He claimed it was a mistake and it shouldn’t have been put there in the first place. They’ve covered it up now. These machines aren’t cheap to install, so it has all been a colossal waste of money.”

Zulfiqar Ali, the council’s strategic highways and traffic manager, said: “Following comments from the public, we undertook a review of the parking arrangements in this area and identified a number of improvements.

“As part of this, we have installed a number of new pay-and-display machines that will be more convenient for people and we are relocating the existing machines to remove any confusion.”

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7:32am Tue 20 May 14

Dan_ says...

Would like to know how it is that some of these machines even have technology to print your numberplate on the ticket, but for some reason not the technology to dispense change? Funny that.
Would like to know how it is that some of these machines even have technology to print your numberplate on the ticket, but for some reason not the technology to dispense change? Funny that. Dan_
  • Score: 31

9:32am Tue 20 May 14

boo beckett says...

In Cardigan Avenue next to the hospital the traffic wardens gave out 120 PCN's to motorists who had bought 'pay and display' tickets from August 2013 to February 2014. All 120 of them appealed against their tickets, but only 19 were successful. The council have known for a long time that these machines that are situated next to resident parking bays are misleading. So, with the definition of Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 as follows: A representation is defined as "false" if it is untrue or misleading and the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading: On the basis that the council have been informed 120 times over a six month period that it is, in fact, 'misleading', therefore, they 'conclusively' have the knowledge of this, are they committing the criminal offence of fraud?
In Cardigan Avenue next to the hospital the traffic wardens gave out 120 PCN's to motorists who had bought 'pay and display' tickets from August 2013 to February 2014. All 120 of them appealed against their tickets, but only 19 were successful. The council have known for a long time that these machines that are situated next to resident parking bays are misleading. So, with the definition of Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 as follows: A representation is defined as "false" if it is untrue or misleading and the person making it knows that it is, or might be, untrue or misleading: On the basis that the council have been informed 120 times over a six month period that it is, in fact, 'misleading', therefore, they 'conclusively' have the knowledge of this, are they committing the criminal offence of fraud? boo beckett
  • Score: 23

10:09am Tue 20 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Terrible
Terrible VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 10

10:19am Tue 20 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

The end of a nice little earner....
The end of a nice little earner.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

12:20am Wed 21 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Did you know that you can buy a weekly parking ticket for £10. If you need to visit or attend Southend Hospital for 1 week or for 5 days at £2.50 per day at 3 hours you go to the the old central entrance and on the right is an office where you purchase the £10 parking ticket. They dont advertise this but I have.
Did you know that you can buy a weekly parking ticket for £10. If you need to visit or attend Southend Hospital for 1 week or for 5 days at £2.50 per day at 3 hours you go to the the old central entrance and on the right is an office where you purchase the £10 parking ticket. They dont advertise this but I have. CHRISTMAS CAROL
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