Council unable to tow car blocking roadworks

Council unable to tow car blocking roadworks

Council unable to tow car blocking roadworks

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TRANSPORT bosses say their ‘hands are tied’ when it comes to removing vehicles after workers were forced to work around a car left on a road marked for resurfacing.

Crews on Station Road in Marlow veered around the car, which despite signs and letters to residents remained by the side of the road during last week’s works.

Angry readers wrote to the Marlow Free Press to complain that the car should have been towed.

But Transport for Buckinghamshire said it does not have the authority to take cars away and will have to return to finish the job at a later date.

Council spokesman Helen Fincher said: "TfB is not permitted to remove cars that are in the way, so the police are contacted.

“Officers make efforts to contact the owner but can only tow the car if it is unlicensed.

"It is frustrating, but our hands are tied. We do forewarn residents about works taking place. We do everything we can to keep the road clear during works."

She added that motorists are urged to look out for any warnings of forthcoming work in their neighbourhoods to avoid any similar problems.

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1:48pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

So did the police give him a parking ticket?
So did the police give him a parking ticket? Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 2

2:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

thethe says...

How utterly ridiculous
How utterly ridiculous thethe
  • Score: 13

3:29pm Mon 23 Jun 14

s6blr says...

Complete B.S. from TfB - they have NEVER RETURNED to Marlow Bottom Road where 2 cars whose owners were abroad were parked. Two years later, there are still two spaces where TfB's lies are proven.
Complete B.S. from TfB - they have NEVER RETURNED to Marlow Bottom Road where 2 cars whose owners were abroad were parked. Two years later, there are still two spaces where TfB's lies are proven. s6blr
  • Score: 11

3:42pm Mon 23 Jun 14

sidthesexist says...

Then how is it councils in other parts of the country find themselves able to tow cars away when in this situation?
Then how is it councils in other parts of the country find themselves able to tow cars away when in this situation? sidthesexist
  • Score: 14

5:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Kania 2000 says...

Don't tow it just move it with the parking lift lorry. As done on Loftus Road when QPR are playing at home.
Don't tow it just move it with the parking lift lorry. As done on Loftus Road when QPR are playing at home. Kania 2000
  • Score: 6

8:39pm Mon 23 Jun 14

rem708 says...

According to the sign (seen above) its says no parking so a ticket could be issued and a tow authorised.

This is assuming there is some substance in the sign being lawful!
According to the sign (seen above) its says no parking so a ticket could be issued and a tow authorised. This is assuming there is some substance in the sign being lawful! rem708
  • Score: 7

8:46pm Mon 23 Jun 14

MellyJ says...

Why was this car not removed. In this day of technology could not the owner be traced and asked to move it. If the car had not been taxed and insured (identification would have been easy then) it should have been towed and crushed!!!
Why was this car not removed. In this day of technology could not the owner be traced and asked to move it. If the car had not been taxed and insured (identification would have been easy then) it should have been towed and crushed!!! MellyJ
  • Score: 1

9:34am Tue 24 Jun 14

Garrob says...

How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested
How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested Garrob
  • Score: 1

10:49am Tue 24 Jun 14

T.C. says...

Another pathetic excuse that is a sign of the times in this namby pamby country we now live in. All of our laws have been watered down so much that there really is no law anymore. Offences can be committed without fear of prosecution as there is little chance that anything will ever be done. Is it any wonder that our children are growing up the way they are when there are no longer any clear boundaries for them to mature within? Unlike Orange, the future does not look bright unless we make changes now and make the law something to respect and 'fear'.
Another pathetic excuse that is a sign of the times in this namby pamby country we now live in. All of our laws have been watered down so much that there really is no law anymore. Offences can be committed without fear of prosecution as there is little chance that anything will ever be done. Is it any wonder that our children are growing up the way they are when there are no longer any clear boundaries for them to mature within? Unlike Orange, the future does not look bright unless we make changes now and make the law something to respect and 'fear'. T.C.
  • Score: 1

12:05pm Tue 24 Jun 14

thethe says...

Identify the owner of the car and make them pay for the return visit
Identify the owner of the car and make them pay for the return visit thethe
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

andy40 says...

Garrob wrote:
How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested
......or be in hospital.
[quote][p][bold]Garrob[/bold] wrote: How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested[/p][/quote]......or be in hospital. andy40
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gungun says...

Let's just weigh up the cost between simply hoisting the car onto a recovery vehicle and removing it so the work could have been completed and the cost of an entire resurfacing crew returning to finish the job! (The bill for either should be sent to the idiot who ignored the signs in the first place)
Let's just weigh up the cost between simply hoisting the car onto a recovery vehicle and removing it so the work could have been completed and the cost of an entire resurfacing crew returning to finish the job! (The bill for either should be sent to the idiot who ignored the signs in the first place) gungun
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Tue 24 Jun 14

tom.marlow2 says...

The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.
The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day. tom.marlow2
  • Score: 1

4:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

only.me says...

Garrob wrote:
How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested
The latest article implies that the signs went up the day before.
[quote][p][bold]Garrob[/bold] wrote: How long was it from the signs going up to the work being carried out? It is possible that the owner had gone away on business/pleasure before the sign went up and is still away. If I'd come back after such a situation I might be a bit annoyed to find my car had been taken away and crushed as is been suggested[/p][/quote]The latest article implies that the signs went up the day before. only.me
  • Score: 0

1:13am Wed 25 Jun 14

11df4c06@opayq.com says...

tom.marlow2 wrote:
The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.
Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them.
[quote][p][bold]tom.marlow2[/bold] wrote: The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.[/p][/quote]Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them. 11df4c06@opayq.com
  • Score: 0

7:49am Wed 25 Jun 14

only.me says...

11df4c06@opayq.com wrote:
tom.marlow2 wrote:
The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.
Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them.
The sign that may not have been there when the car was parked?
[quote][p][bold]11df4c06@opayq.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tom.marlow2[/bold] wrote: The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.[/p][/quote]Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them.[/p][/quote]The sign that may not have been there when the car was parked? only.me
  • Score: -1

2:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

tom.marlow2 says...

only.me wrote:
11df4c06@opayq.com wrote:
tom.marlow2 wrote:
The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.
Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them.
The sign that may not have been there when the car was parked?
Remember this is Marlow, the town where parking rules only apply to somebody else
[quote][p][bold]only.me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]11df4c06@opayq.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tom.marlow2[/bold] wrote: The car was no longer there the next day. I suspect an embarrassed owner drove it away later the same day.[/p][/quote]Selfish driver more like. Probably thought the sign didn't apply to them.[/p][/quote]The sign that may not have been there when the car was parked?[/p][/quote]Remember this is Marlow, the town where parking rules only apply to somebody else tom.marlow2
  • Score: 0

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