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Van driver Tim Haines slams council for 'ridiculous' parking ticket
A DOG groomer whose van does not fit within the spaces at a council car park has hit out after being told he should have bought two tickets to avoid a fine.
Tim Haines was hit with a £25 penalty charge after leaving his ‘Dial a Dog Wash’ van in Wakeman Road car park in Bourne End, and has since failed to get the decision reversed on appeal.
The 46-year-old, of Fishermans Way, Bourne End, said he bought one ticket after purposely edging back into another space so the front of the van would not obstruct the car park exit (see Photo 2).
He added: “Even if the back was in the space the front of the van would then stick out. I’ve not had any problems before and I just couldn’t believe I got the penalty.
“They mentioned that I should have purchased two tickets and when I wrote to them to say that it doesn’t say that on the sign, they said I should have phoned. Do you not think that this is ridiculous?”
Wycombe District Council, which runs the car park, replied: “If a vehicle is not able to park within a marked bay alternative arrangements should be sought. It is stated on the tariff board that parking beyond the bay markings is an offence for which a penalty charge can be issued.
“On occasions when oversized vehicles are parked, a ticket should be obtained for each bay that the vehicle occupies, either partially or completely, and then all tickets should be displayed in the vehicle.”