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Parking warden pounced after 13 seconds

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

QUICK WORK: An £80 parking fine was issued to a car in Sleaford after it was parked for 13 seconds.

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A MAN and his disabled wife say they were horrified to find their car had been slapped with an £80 parking ticket after leaving it unattended for just 13 seconds.

Sam Maney had parked in a disabled bay in the Jermyn Street Car Park in Sleaford with his wife on Wednesday evening, with their disabled badge on display, when they realised they had no change for the ticket machine.

Mr Maney said: "We popped into the fish and chip shop next door to the car park to get some change and when we were in there a woman came in and asked us if it was our car that a parking warden was putting a ticket on.

"We went outside and found the warden taking a photo of the car and when I saw the times on the ticket I couldn't believe he'd put it on after 13 seconds.

"Linford Christie couldn't have got back to the car quicker."

Mr Maney challenged the warden and has since attempted to appeal the fine with Napier Parking, a private parking firm, but with no luck.

He said: "The guy must have been sat in his car watching when we parked up and pounced as soon as our backs were turned."

James De Savary from Napier Parking said that the 13 seconds referred to would not have been the total time the vehicle was parked but the period that it effectively took to issue an immediate notice.

He said: "Enforcement action may take place immediately if a car is left in breach of the terms and conditions of parking. If someone does not have change we would advise that the driver does not park.

"The reason why we have a strict policy is that we find that drivers use going for change as an excuse when they have breached the terms and conditions."

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  • snoddybag  |  July 07 2013, 12:11PM

    What is his wife's disability? Maybe an ingrowing toenail that can be very painful.

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  • snoddybag  |  July 07 2013, 12:08PM

    Some peoples 13 seconds are some peoples 13 minuits,

  • justanidea  |  July 04 2013, 6:23PM

    private ticket - just ignore!!!

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  • Roadscource  |  July 04 2013, 6:07PM

    "It isn't the queens highway if you don't believe in the queen" Im not sure you have to believe in the Queen of England for her to become real. I dont know, having to explain about the Queen........and in Gods Country too.....

  • Pete67  |  July 04 2013, 3:06PM

    TestificateMD - - - I checked my old Caxton Dictionary, I have also checked three Dictionaries on-line. - http://tinyurl.com/nurtjks http://tinyurl.com/ple9tzs http://tinyurl.com/p49dszf and all four say in Britain if it is a Queen on the Throne any public road or right of way is considered the Queens Highway. Maybe they are all wrong?

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  • TestificateMD  |  July 04 2013, 1:56PM

    It isn't the queens highway if you don't believe in the queen, Roadscource. You can believe in some magical crowned old lady, living in a palace in some mystical metropolis all you like, but don't rub your monarchist agenda all over my face and chest.

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  • Roadscource  |  July 04 2013, 12:48PM

    "Why didn't his disabled wife just stay in the car for the minute or two it took him to get change?" Because then she wouldnt have been able to choose her supper. They will know not to bother parking in the car park next time, after all they could have just parked on the nearest double yellows on Queens highway with a blue badge.

  • TestificateMD  |  July 04 2013, 12:03PM

    Why didn't his disabled wife just stay in the car for the minute or two it took him to get change? Plus she can't be that disabled if it took her just 13 seconds to get out of the car, across the carpark and into a chip shop....

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  • Pete67  |  July 04 2013, 6:17AM

    sidsnot1 - 'they went to get a bag of chips not change' - - - Most likely, but 13 seconds is a very short time before putting on a ticket. He could have least have given them the average time that it takes to get a ticket.

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  • sidsnot1  |  July 03 2013, 8:04PM

    pete67 i find it funny that nobody stayed with the vehicle does not take 2 people to get change, and what has being disabled got to do with it ? they went to get a bag of chips not change

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