Mr Mustard keeps half an eye on the public Register of the Environment & Traffic adjudicators who ultimately decide the fate of PCN. One case yesterday jumped off the page at him as the Appellant was the London Fire Brigade. Here is part of what the adjudicator had to say:
This was double pinnacle of incompetence by Lambeth Council whose traffic warden gave a PCN to a fire officer's car and then the back office were blinded by the assumption that the motorist must be in the wrong and they wasted the time of a LFB employee (we are paying from our taxes) going up to Chancery Lane to present his case.
Mr Mustard imagines the scene on the end of the 999 line one day
Hello 999, it is Lambeth Council here. It's the middle of the night and the parking office is on fire. There isn't anyone in there but it will cost us millions if you don't come and extinguish the fire pretty quickly.
What's that, what sort of parking restrictions are there at the scene? Well double yellow lines but you can park on those as it is an emergency. What, you don't want to as last time you parked on a mere single yellow we gave you a ticket and wouldn't cancel it. We promise we won't be so stupid again. Now, are you on your way, pretty please?
Mr Mustard has now woken up. Of course the LFB would visit the scene of all fires.
Looking back through the register Mr Mustard can see that LFB have very careful procedures to ensure that the exemtpion with which they are provided is not mis-used and that the following boroughs have put them through needless Appeals since 2010:
Barking & Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Harrow, Bexley and
Transport for London &
the City of London
Could all those authorities please start to employ people with more common sense.